Sir Christopher Lee, one of the great figures of cinema, has been honoured by his industry with a fellowship from the British Film Institute, its highest accolade.
The actor, who is 91 and still working, received the award last night at the 57th BFI London Film Festival. Previous recipients of the fellowship include Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes.
Sir Christopher said: “It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received this award.”
One of the most prolific actors of his generation, Sir Christopher has appeared in more than 200 films and on numerous television programmes. He made his debut in 1948 in Corridor of Mirrors, before finding fame as Dracula in the 1960s Hammer horror films.