BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) are honoring Sir Christopher Lee today, for his outstanding contribution to film by making him an Academy Fellow. He'll join the likes of other BAFTA Fellows such as Alfred Hitchcock (1971), Sir Alec Guinness (1989), Dame Maggie Smith (1996), Sir Anthony Hopkins (2008) and many other greats from the world of film & television. I'm sure I don't need to explain to any of you who Sir Christopher is, since he's been in so many films (over 250 since 1948!), but just in case you don't know....during his long career, he's played roles as varied as Frankenstein's Monster, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Lord Summerisle ('The Wicker Man'), Saruman ('Lord of the Rings'), Jinnah and Count Dooku (Star Wars).
Daily Express article about the Fellowship
Even though he's said in interviews that whilst he's thankful for his roles in horror, he's not really fond of the genre, he's still one of my favourite actors to have appeared in it and a very inspirational person. Congratulations Sir Christopher~!