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Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 06:33 GMT
Beatty made Bafta fellow
Warren Beatty at the Oscars in 1982
Beatty, with actress Loretta Young, won a directing Oscar in 1982
Hollywood actor and director Warren Beatty has received a Bafta Academy Fellowship, recognising his contribution to cinema, at the academy's annual film awards on Sunday.

The award is the most prestigious given out by the British Academy of Film and Television.

It was handed to Beatty - star of movies such as Bonnie and Clyde and Bugsy - at the star-studded ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Warren Beatty met his wife Annette Bening on Bugsy Malone
Beatty starred with future wife Bening in Bugsy

Beatty, 64, joins the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Caine and Stanley Kubrick, who have also previously received fellowships.

The film-making team Ismail Merchant and James Ivory - makers of A Room With a View and Howard's End - were also honoured with a fellowship at the same event.

Bafta's recognition of Beatty's career comes just two years after he was given the Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award for career achievement at the Oscars.

He has starred in more than 30 movies, including Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Dick Tracy and Bulworth, which he also directed.

Warren Beatty
Beatty: Developed an interest in politics

He also famously played a gigolo in the 1975 film Shampoo, which he also produced.

Beatty won an Oscar for best director for the film Reds, in which he played US communist John Reed in a film which mixed melodrama and interviews with real people.

He has been nominated on six other occasions for Academy Awards for acting, directing and producing, as well as two Bafta acting nominations for Reds and Bonnie and Clyde.

Despite his track record, some of his more recent films, such as the costly Town and Country, have performed badly at the box office.

But he also has interests outside of film-making, including a passion for politics.

He has four children with his wife, actress Annette Bening, who he married in 1991.

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