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Vanessa Redgrave is to receive Bafta Fellowship honour

Vanessa Redgrave
Redgrave received her first Bafta nomination in 1967

Vanessa Redgrave is to be presented with this year's Bafta Fellowship for her contribution to film.

The 73-year-old campaigning actress has appeared in more than 80 films, including 1977's Julia for which she won the best supporting actress Oscar.

David Parfitt, chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television, paid tribute to Redgrave as "a hugely talented and respected actress".

She will receive the honour at the Bafta awards show on 21 February.

"I'm truly delighted - it's such an honour to be recognised in this way," Redgrave said.

"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."

Redgrave, the daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, first received critical acclaim for her performance in Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment.

The 1966 film earned the actress her first Bafta nomination and the first of six Oscar nods.

Further success followed with the title roles in 1968's Isadora and 1971's Mary, Queen of Scots.

More recent projects include roles in Joe Wright's Atonement as well as US TV series Nip/Tuck in which she appeared alongside her actress daughter Joely Richardson.

Redgrave has also won numerous awards for her stage work, including Tonys and Oliviers.

Most recently, she performed Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking on Broadway in 2007 followed by a run of the same play at London's National Theatre.

Tragedy struck the actress last March when her daughter, Natasha Richardson, died aged 45 from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Canada.

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