The British Film Institute, BFI, is a film-focused charitable organisation that promotes and preserves film-making and television in the United Kingdom. They recently announced their latest BFI Fellowship, none other than the Oscar-nominated darling of British film and television, Olivia Colman.
A British Film Institute Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television culture. Colman is set to receive her award on March 6th at the BFI Chairman’s Dinner, held in London and hosted by BFI chair Josh Berger of Warner Bros.
Of her latest accolade, the star of The Favourite, Broadchurch, The Night Manager and soon to be seen as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, said, “I’m absolutely bowled over. The BFI is a wonderful organization, and that I will soon be in a fellowship with so many of my heroes is an honor that is hard to compute.”
Berger said that Colman was “a brilliant comic actor and one of the industry’s finest dramatic performers. Her ability to be relatable in such a diverse range of roles generates incredible warmth and admiration from audiences.”
Colman is no stranger to audiences from a wide cross section of film and television. She has appeared in thrillers, mysteries, comedies and musicals. Her talents are even used in voicing children’s television.
In addition to her current success this awards season for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, she has also received Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for her role as Angela Burr in The Night Manager starring opposite Tom Hiddleston, who is also a BFI Ambassador.
Colman also recently appeared in the BBC’s six-part adaptation of Les Miserables in the role of Madame Thenardier, and in the soon to be released drama Them That Follow.
The BFI Fellowship started back in 1983 to mark the institute’s 25th anniversary. Past recipients are a veritable list of amazing talent including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Caine, Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett as well as John Hurt, Clint Eastwood, Hugh Grant, Bette Davis, Jeanne Moreau, Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks and Steve McQueen.