Sir Christopher Lee is to be awarded a Fellowship of the British Film Institute for his contribution to film and television.
During a career spanning 68 years, the 91 year old actor has starred in over 200 films, often as villanous characters. He is arguably best known for playing Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films, but also as James Bond hitman Scaramanger and more recently as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
BFI jury member and Mayor of London Boris Johnson described Sir Christopher as “genuinely iconic" while the Institute's chief executive Amanda Nevill called his contribution to film "enormous and unique".
Sir Christopher is in good company, with Fellowships previously having been awarded to Tim Burton, Judi Dench, Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Leigh, Vanessa Redgrave and Sir Alec Guinness among others.
The star himself said: “It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors.”