ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS star JOANNA LUMLEY is so proud of her BAFTA Fellowship award she’s going to wear it as a hat for a month.
The 71-year-old actress was handed her latest accolade at the Bafta TV Awards in London on Sunday (14May17) and confessed she never would have dreamed of the top acting honour.
“It’s absolutely fantastic,” she said. “I ripped the envelope open with my teeth. I’m going to have it (award) made into a hat and wear it for a month and then it will be somewhere central in my house.”
Previous recipients of the prize include Dawn French, Julie Walters, and Lumley’s Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders.
Other big BAFTA TV Awards winners included hit drama Happy Valley, which beat out favourite The Crown to win Best Drama Series, while the show’s star, Sarah Lancashire, grabbed the Leading Actress prize from The Crown’s Claire Foy. And Tom Hollander was the unexpected winner of the Supporting Actor trophy for his work on The Night Manager.
There were also two awards for acclaimed nature series Planet Earth II, and the International prize went to The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which beat out Stranger Things, The Night Of and Transparent for the top award.
The main list of winners is:
Drama Series – Happy Valley
Entertainment Performance – Michael McIntyre for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
Specialist Factual – Planet Earth II
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme – Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag
Mini-Series – National Treasure
BAFTA Special Award – Nick Frasier
BAFTA Fellowship – Joanna Lumley
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme – Steve Coogan for Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle
Must See Moment – Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase
Reality & Constructed Factual – Muslims Like Us
Entertainment Programme – Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Leading Actor – Adeel Akhtar for Murdered By My Father
Leading Actress – Sarah Lancashire for Happy Valley
Supporting Actor – Tom Hollander for The Night Manager
Supporting Actress – Wunmi Mosaku for Damilola, Our Loved Boy
Comedy Entertainment Programme – Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe
Scripted Comedy – People Just Do Nothing
Single Drama – Damilola, Our Loved Boy
Soap & Continuing Drama – Emmerdale
Feature Programme – Who Do You Think You Are?
Factual Series – Exodus: Our Journey To Europe
Single Documentary – Hillsborough
International – The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Live Event – The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration