Magazine article Screen International

Baftas 2018: Joanna Lumley Named New Host

Magazine article Screen International

Baftas 2018: Joanna Lumley Named New Host

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Previous host Stephen Fry fronted the ceremony 12 times.

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley has named as the new host of the Bafta Film Awards.

She will be the first female host since Mariella Frostrup co-presented with Stephen Fry in 2001.

“Honestly, how exciting is this?” she said. “It’s just so unbelievably thrilling. Who thought I’d turn into Stephen Fry?

“I want to thank Bafta so much for asking me to do this. I said yes indecently quickly.”

Lumley is an actress, activist and former model, and has won two Bafta TV awards for Absolutely Fabulous. …

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