Stephen Fry expects BAFTA axe 'straight after' ceremony

Stephen Fry doesn't expect to present an 11th BAFTA Awards ceremony next year because he thinks he will be replaced "straight after" this year's event at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday (08.02.15).

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry expects to be replaced as the BAFTA host "straight after" presenting this year's ceremony.

The 57-year-old comedian will host his 10th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday (08.02.15) but he doesn't think he will be presenting the event next year and isn't expecting the organisers to wait too long before breaking the news to him.

He said: "This is my tenth coming up. They're probably going to replace me, if not before this particular one ... but I think that might be pushing it, straight afterwards.

"I never take it for granted, it's nice to do, but I can fully see why they would probably want someone new very soon. Institutions are good but a part of them is about moving on and getting a new one."

Stephen - who married partner Elliott Spencer earlier this month - is "delighted" to be regarded as a British institution by many, partly for hosting the star-studded event, but tries not to let it go to his head.

Speaking on TV channel London Live - which airs on Freeview 8, YouView 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159 - he added: "It's a peculiar feeling and I mustn't let it get to me. I don't really feel it or think it and if people say it to me, I think I'm delighted.

"It suggests age with some sort of lichen incrustation with maybe some sort of railing built around me."

At this year's BAFTAs Stephen will be providing viewers at home the chance to have a sneak peek inside his dressing room as part of the EE BAFTA Red Carpet Show.

Film fans will also get the opportunity to view other areas of the Royal Opera House by switching between multiple camera angles as part of the spectacle's pre-event coverage which can be viewed on ee.co.uk/BAFTA and BAFTA.org between 5pm-7pm on Sunday.

Cameras will be positioned at various points along the red carpet and viewers will be able to see what is going on thanks to a live stream, while red carpet presenter Rachel Riley will have a camera integrated into her dress.

Ahead of the main event, BAFTA raised more than £250,000 at its inaugural Film Gala Dinner in central London last night (05.02.15) in support of its Give Something Back campaign, which aims to encourage young people from all backgrounds to enter moving image industries.

Stars in attendance at the bash included the likes of Andy Serkis, Julie Walters, Joanna Lumley, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston.

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