Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris is to receive a BAFTA fellowship.

The 82-year-old broadcaster, musician and artist is "thrilled" to be receiving the organisation's highest award for his "outstanding and exceptional contribution to television".

He said: "I'm hugely honoured and very thrilled."

The Australian presenter - who first appeared on British TV in 1953 will be presented with the fellowship at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on May 27 at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Bafta chairman Tim Corrie said: "Rolf Harris is one of the world's most iconic entertainers. He has huge audience appeal across multiple generations, and we are delighted to honour his contribution to television and the arts."

Previous recipients of the award include 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' writer Richard Curtis, 'A Touch of Frost' star David Jason, 'Strictly Come Dancing' host Sir Bruce Forsyth and 'Southbank Show' presenter Lord Melvyn Bragg.

Newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald received the accolade last year.

Rolf - who is known for his catchphrase 'Can you tell what it is yet?' - has fronted art shows including 'Rolf's Cartoon Club' and 'Rolf on Art', which a special programme, 'The Queen by Rolf', airing in 2006 chronicling his 80th birthday portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

He also presented the hugely popular 'Animal Hospital' for 10 years from 1994.