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Film icon Mirren gets Bafta accolade from 'grandson' William

Published on Feb 17, 2014 8:12 AM
 
British actress Helen Mirren poses with the academy fellowship award at the Bafta British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb 16, 2014. Mirren on Sunday thanked her former teacher after receiving Bafta's highest accolade from Prince William at a glittering ceremony in London on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - British film queen Helen Mirren on Sunday thanked her former teacher after receiving Bafta's highest accolade from Prince William at a glittering ceremony in London on Sunday.

Mirren, who has played Queen Elizabeth II on stage and film, fittingly received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship from the monarch's grandson, in honour of her 50-year career.

Dressed in a navy blue gown with chiffon sleeves, Mirren brought the ceremony to a close when she accepted the award, telling guests including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio of the influence of recently deceased teacher Alys Welding.

She said Welding "alone was the person who encouraged me to be an actor" before quoting from William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

 
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