English acting icon SIR Christopher Lee is set to be honoured with a prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship at the 2013 London Film Festival.
It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received this Award from the BFI
The Lord of the Rings villain, also known for his role as Count Dracula in the popular Hammer Horror films, will be presented with the BFI's highest accolade in recognition of his contributions to cinema during the event's awards ceremony on 19 October (13).
The 91 year old says, "It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received this Award from the BFI".
The news was announced at a special press conference on Monday (07Oct13), when London Mayor Boris Johnson paid tribute to Lee, stating, "Congratulations to Sir Christopher on being awarded this distinguished accolade for a film career that has been genuinely iconic".
Lee's recognition comes one year after he presented the same award to filmmaker Tim Burton and his partner, actress Helena Bonham Carter.
The 57th London Film Festival will kick off in the U.K. capital on Wednesday (09Oct13).