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Helen Mirren to Receive BAFTA's Highest Honor, the Fellowship, at 2014 British Academy Awards Show

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 27, 2014 at 11:08AM

There ain’t nothing like a Dame. BAFTA will present Helen Mirren with its highest honor, the Fellowship, at the BAFTA Awards ceremony taking place at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16.
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Helen Mirren at the 2014 Golden Globes
Helen Mirren at the 2014 Golden Globes

There ain’t nothing like a Dame. BAFTA will present Helen Mirren with its highest honor, the Fellowship, at the BAFTA Awards ceremony taking place at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16.

The Fellowship is bestowed by the Brit Academy to an individual in recognition of her or his outstanding contribution to film, television or games.

Previous honorees include the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Sir Alan Parker received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

Mirren will add the honor to her already four BAFTA wins and seven nominations, as well as her Oscar (“The Queen”), three Golden Globes and four Emmys. She stated:

“This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.