Vanessa Redgrave to get BAFTA fellowship

In honor of a career spanning six decades

LONDON -- British screen doyenne Vanessa Redgrave is to receive the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship, the organization said Thursday.

Redgrave is scheduled to pick up the plaudit during this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards, dished out by BAFTA on Feb. 21.

The annual Fellowship award is the highest accolade given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Previous Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie, John Barry, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. Last year's recipient was Terry Gilliam.

BAFTA chairman David Parfitt said: "She [Redgrave] is a hugely talented and respected actress who has served as an inspiration to the British film industry."

Added Redgrave: "Looking through the list of past recipients shows what a wonderful accolade this is, and the fact that Alfred Hitchcock was the very first recipient makes it even more special, as my father made his first film with him."

Redgrave's six decade long career includes six Oscar nominations for her turns in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment," "Isadora," "Mary, Queen Of Scots" and "Julia," "The Bostonians" and "Howard's End".

Recent work includes the 2002 miniseries "The Gathering Storm," "Atonement" and "Venus," alongside Peter O'Toole and Leslie Phillips.

She will next be seen on the big screen in "Letters to Juliet" with Amanda Seyfried and Gael Garcia Bernal and "The Whistleblower" with Rachel Weisz and Monica Bellucci.