Actor Michael Palin is set to be presented with the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Fellowship honour at the organisation's upcoming TV Awards in recognition of his lengthy career.
The Monty Python star, who turns 70 on Sunday (05May13), will be handed the Academy's highest accolade at the London prizegiving on 12 May (13) and he is overjoyed with the prize.
He says, "A Bafta Fellowship is a very high honour for anyone working in television. I'm well aware that any success I've had is down to teamwork. I've been blessed throughout my career with the inspiration and support of others. The Fellowship is for all of us."
Bafta chairman John Willis adds, "Michael Palin, ex-Python, writer, presenter and Bafta-winning actor whose amiable onscreen manner belies the seriousness of his craft, has made an incredible contribution to the medium over five decades. There are few individuals more worthy than Michael of the Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow."
Palin is already the owner of three Baftas - special awards were handed to him in 2005 and 2009, and he bagged 1989's Best Actor in a Supporting Role trophy for his role in A Fish Called Wanda.