The British Film Institute announced today that Sir Christopher Lee will be receiving the highest honor from BFI, the BFI Fellowship.The Fellowship award will be presented at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival Awards on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The award is given to individuals who are outstanding contributors to film or TV. Last year, Helen Boham Carter and Tim Burton were awarded.The award is also connected with other great actors and directors like Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Bette Davis, Ridley Scott, Vanessa Redgrave, Deborah Kerr, Laurence Olivier, and Jean Simmons.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London was there to celebrate with Lee today. He had this to say:
Congratulations to Sir Christopher on being awarded this distinguished accolade for a film career that has been genuinely iconic. As the BFI London Film Festival gets underway, with a wonderful array of films from around the world, it’s a good time to celebrate great British film and film talent. (Source: BFI)
Sir Christopher Lee was knighted in 2009 for his services in drama and charity. He made his film debut in 1948 with the film, "Corridor of Mirrors." From there he has starred in several films and his career has spanned over eight decades. Lee is known for his roles as Dracula, Count Dooku in "Star Wars," his role in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise, and several films with director, Tim Burton.