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Friday 24 November 2017

William to present Bafta fellowship

Vanessa Redgrave will receive a Bafta fellowship from Prince William
Vanessa Redgrave will receive a Bafta fellowship from Prince William

Prince William will present an Academy Fellowship to veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave at this year's Baftas, according to sources.

The 27-year-old is making his first appearance at the Orange British Academy Film Awards - the British film industry's biggest awards night - and it comes after his brother Harry recorded a video message for the Brit Awards.

The Fellowship, being awarded at London's Royal Opera House on February 21, recognises an individual's outstanding contribution to film.

Vanessa, 73, who lost her daughter Natasha Richardson in a skiing accident last year, has had a long and successful movie career.

She earned an Oscar nomination for her 1967 film Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment and collected the best supporting actress Oscar in 1977 for Julia, in which she portrayed a Jewish woman murdered by the Nazis.

Speaking last week, Vanessa said of her Fellowship: "I'm truly delighted, it's such an honour to be recognised in this way."

Some of the industry's biggest names have received the award, including Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and last year's recipient, Terry Gilliam.

A St James's Palace spokesman would not confirm if William would present the honour.

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