BAFTAs 2018: Joanna Lumley replaces Stephen Fry as host

'It’s just so unbelievably thrilling'

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Tuesday 09 January 2018 09:36
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Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley

Last week, Stephen Fry announced he would no longer be hosting the BAFTA Film Awards following 12 years service, leaving some wondering who could replace the esteemed comedian.

While announcing the nominations for this year’s competition, the replacement was revealed: Absolutely Fabulous actor Joanna Lumley.

“It’s just so unbelievably thrilling,” she said taking to the stage. “I always thought of looking at the BAFTA films with just Stephen Fry there forever more. So who thought I would turn into Stephen Fry? Thrilling!”

Announcing he was stepping down from the role, Fry said: “What fun it will be to watch BAFTA 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.”

To some surprise, The Shape of Water came away with the most nominations, scooping 12, ahead of Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’s nine apiece.

Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk also came out strong, both nominated for eight awards, followed closely by I, Tonya’s five and four each for Call Me by Your Name and Phantom Thread.

The BAFTA 2018 ceremony takes place on the 19 February at the Royal Albert Hall.

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