The 65-year-old actor – star of Withnail and I and Can You Ever Forgive Me? – has been announced as the new host of the British movie awards ceremony in London, his first time in the role.
Grant said: “I feel hugely privileged to be hosting the EE Baftas for the first time and the opportunity to celebrate the very best of the extraordinary range of this year’s films.”
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The awards ceremony coverage will follow a new format, with This Morning presenter Alison Hammond hosting a new backstage Bafta Studio from the Royal Festival Hall to give viewers an “access-all-areas experience of one of the biggest nights in film”.
She said: “I’m so excited to be hosting at this year’s EE Bafta Film Awards with THE Richard E Grant.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun bringing the glitz and glam of backstage to everyone watching at home around the world.
“From hanging out with the stars to celebrating the biggest night for cinema, and joining the discussions with film fans, get ready for good vibes only.”
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Jane Millichip, chief executive of Bafta, said: “We are blessed to have a fantastic lineup of hosts for our 2023 EE Bafta film awards, all of whom exude wit, charm and warmth.
“I can’t wait to see Richard E. Grant take to the stage. Much-loved by our audience at home, Richard also commands huge respect from his industry peers.”
Grant was nominated for a Bafta for Best Supporting Actor for Can You Ever Forgive Me? in 2019 but did not win.
Actor and TV presenter Grant, who was born in Swaziland and moved to England to pursue his acting career, takes over from Australian comedic actor Rebel Wilson, whose below-the-belt jokes were branded a “car crash” by viewers in 2022.
She followed in the footsteps of Graham Norton, who hosted the awards in 2020 and Dame Joanna Lumley who was host for two years before that.
Stephen Fry hosted the awards for 11 years between 2001 and 2017.
Jonathan Ross hosted the awards for five years between 2007 and 2011.
The nominees for the Bafta film awards 2023 will be announced on Thursday 19 January.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday 19 February at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 7pm-9pm on the same day.
For the first time ever the ceremony will be broadcast live to reveal the final four category winners in real-time, showing winner’s reactions as they happen.
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The movie Baftas are traditionally held at the Royal Opera House and more recently the Royal Albert Hall, while the TV Baftas have taken place at the Royal Festival Hall for some years.