Vanessa Redgrave is being honoured with a British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) Fellowship.

The 73-year-old actress, who lost her daughter Natasha Richardson in 2009, will be presented with coveted honour at the annual BAFTA Awards ceremony on February 21.

The star admitted she was delighted with the Fellowship.

She said: "I'm truly delighted, it's such an honour to be recognised in this way. Looking through the list of past recipients shows what a wonderful accolade this is.

"The fact that Alfred Hitchcock was the very first recipient makes it even more special, as my father made his first film with him."

David Parfitt, Chair of the Academy, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be awarding the fellowship to Vanessa.

"She is a hugely talented and respected actress who has served as an inspiration to the British film industry."

Previous recipients of the accolade include Dame Judi Dench, Alfred Hitchcock, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Steven Spielberg.