Rolf Harris to receive Bafta Fellowship

Australian TV personality to be awarded the prestigious accolade at the TV Baftas ceremony this month

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Veteran Australian TV personality Rolf Harris is to receive the Fellowship at this year’s Bafta Television Awards.

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The Animal Hospital presenter will receive the prestigious accolade in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to television at the ceremony, which is taking place at the Royal Festival Hall later this month.

Previous recipients of the award include Sir Trevor McDonald, Lord Bragg, Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders, Richard Curtis, Sir David Jason, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Sir David Frost.

Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, said: “Rolf Harris is one of the world’s most iconic entertainers. He has huge audience appeal across multiple generations, and we are delighted to honour his contribution to television and the arts at the BAFTA ceremony.”

Since first appearing on the BBC back in 1953, Rolf Harris has presented TV programmes covering a wide variety of genres, from children’s to factual, and was commissioned in 2005 to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Learning of his Bafta Fellowship, Rolf said: “I’m hugely honoured and very thrilled.”

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The Bafta TV Awards will be broadcast on Sunday 27 May on BBC1.