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. In 2017, she received the Bafta Fellowship award.
Her film roles include Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, James And The Giant Peach and The Wolf of Wall Street.
She is taking over from Stephen Fry, who has stepped down after fronting the ceremony 12 times.
Fry said it was “only right to stand down and let others