Film icon Mirren gets Bafta accolade from 'grandson' William
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.