BAFTA Awards: Joanna Lumley Replaces Stephen Fry as Host

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Joanna Lumley

Fry revealed last week he would be stepping down after hosting the ceremony 12 times.

The BAFTA Awards has a new host, darling!

Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley is set to take over from Stephen Fry, who revealed last week he would be stepping down after fronting the biggest film event outside the U.S. 12 times.

The news was announced Tuesday at the same time as the nominations for the 2018 awards were unveiled.

"What fun it will be to watch BAFTA 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling," said Fry on revealing he would step down, adding that it was "only right to stand down and let others take the BAFTAs on to new heights and greater glories."

The 2018 BAFTA Awards are set to take place Feb. 19 at London's Royal Albert Hall.