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Monday 14 October 2019

BFI Fellowship ‘like a surprise birthday party’ for Oscar-winner Olivia Colman

The actress was honoured at an event attended by David Tennant, Richard E Grant and a host of other stars.

Olivia Colman attending the BFI Chairman’s dinner held at The Rosewood Hotel, London (Ian West/PA)
Olivia Colman attending the BFI Chairman’s dinner held at The Rosewood Hotel, London (Ian West/PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent

Olivia Colman has said receiving the BFI Fellowship at an event held in her honour felt like “a surprise birthday party… on the back of a lovely year”.

The Oscar-winning actress was awarded the British Film Institute’s most prestigious accolade at an event at London’s Rosewood Hotel.

She was presented the award by The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos, who praised her ability to “infuse each moment onscreen with such great humanity, drama and humour”.

Accepting the accolade, she said: “I didn’t know what to expect this evening, turns out it’s a bit like a surprise birthday party… on the back of a lovely year.”

The 45-year-old, who beat the likes of Hollywood stalwart Glenn Close to be named best actress at the Oscars, also worked with Lanthimos on 2015’s The Lobster.

Presenting the award, Lanthimos added: “No one can appear so fragile, magnetic, fierce, funny and real from one second to the next, or all at the same time.”

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BFI chairman Josh Berger and Olivia Colman at the Rosewood Hotel (Ian West/PA)

The event, hosted by BFI chairman Josh Berger, was held in “recognition of her distinctive and prodigious acting talents and the impact she has on audiences all over the world”.

The BFI Fellowship is the latest in a long list of recent achievements for the actress, whose performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite also earned her a Bafta and a Golden Globe.

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David Tennant at the the Rosewood Hotel (Ian West/PA)

Other guests included Colman’s Broadchurch co-star David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Richard Curtis and Emma Freud, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E Grant and Anne-Marie Duff.

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