Dame Helen Mirren leads special tribute to late Queen at Bafta film awards

Dame Helen Mirren will lead a special tribute to the late Queen in the film Baftas this year.

The veteran actress, 77, has portrayed the monarch on screen and on stage, winning an Oscar and Bafta for her portrayal in the 2006 biographical drama The Queen.

Bafta colleague Dame Helen will lead the Queen’s Commendation at the 76th annual film awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Center on Sunday.

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Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II for the play The Audience by Peter Morgan (Johan Persson/PA)

The Queen had a close relationship with the Academy for 50 years, seeing her donate and support initiatives over the years, attending many events over the years.

In 1972, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh donated the profits from the documentary Royal Family to the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA), which later became the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta), for new headquarters.

The renaming of the organization took place during the official opening of the headquarters in 1976, which was performed by The Queen, and which is still Bafta’s London home five decades later.

During her lifetime, the Queen was a patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Royal Variety Charity and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.

In April 2013, the Queen received an honorary Bafta award from Sir Kenneth Branagh at Windsor Castle for her “tireless support” for the industry.

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Queen Elizabeth II receives an honorary Bafta in recognition of her lifelong support of British film and television at Windsor Castle (Steve Parsons/PA)

The Queen’s grandson, the Prince of Wales, has been Bafta’s president since 2010.

William and Kate will attend the ceremony for the first time in three years before meeting the winners and nominees for the Rising Star Award.

Bafta CEO Jane Millichip said: “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome so many film industry nominees and guests to the EE Bafta Film Awards on Sunday.

“This year’s Awards will be one of our best attended ever, resounding confirmation of the importance of the British public to the global film industry and Bafta’s role in bringing attention to these incredible films and filmmakers.

“Bafta’s membership of 7,500 industry experts have voted and I can’t wait to find out which names will be read that night.”

This year, Netflix’s anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front gets 14 nominations – while The Banshees Of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell, and Everything Everywhere All At Once, starring Michelle Yeoh, follow closely with 10 nominations each.

The EE Bafta Film Awards will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer on February 19 at 7pm.

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