Joanna Lumley is returning to host this year’s BAFTA Film Awards, following her debut at last year’s ceremony.
As well as Lumley, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts also confirmed the awards will feature Cirque de Soleil for the third year, with the troupe performing a piece especially created for the ceremony.
Emma Baehr, Director of awards at BAFTA said: ‘We’re delighted to be returning to the iconic Royal Albert Hall for the third year and collaborating again with Cirque du Soleil.
“We’re thrilled that Joanna has agreed to return as our host for a second year, she was fantastic and we’re looking forward to the ceremony with her once again at the helm.’
Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said “We’re delighted to welcome the EE BAFTAs to the Hall for the third successive year – from legendary filmmakers to beloved stars, Hollywood royalty to national treasures, they’ll all pass through the doors of Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite venue.
“This glittering, star-studded event has become one of the most hotly-anticipated events in our calendar and, following another year of extraordinary movies, we can’t wait to play host to the British film industry’s night of celebration.”
Daniel Lamarre, President & CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group said: “It is with great honor that we will be a part of the BAFTA ceremony for the third consecutive year.
“Film, with all of its fascinating facets, continually nourishes and inspires us, and we are thrilled to help celebrate British and international artists from around the world at this year’s BAFTA Awards.”
The ceremony takes place on Sunday 10 February 2019 and will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD.