Joanna Lumley takes over BAFTA hosting gig from Stephen Fry

The British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS) have a taken a step towards gender equality, with Joanna Lumley replacing the male presenter of the past few years, Stephen Fry.

He has presided over the ceremony 12 times in total, but recently said he feels it's time to "let others take the Baftas on to new heights".

BBC reports The Absolutely Fabulous actress will be the first female host since Mariella Frostrup co-presented with Fry in 2001.

Lumley is best known as Patsy in BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous and has had roles in movies, including The Wolf of Wall Street, Ella Enchanted and Paddington 2, which is up for three Baftas this year.

The actress told the BBC Stephen Fry had been "staggering and unbeatable and matchless" as a host.

But she added that she was pleased that "they chose me - as a woman - this year, because it's 100 years since women got the vote - women over 30, I might add, which includes me".

Today's nominations in the major categories were all read out by women too.

But there are no women entered in the Best Director category - they're all men, for the fifth year running.



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