LIVERPOOL — The British Film Institute has bestowed its highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, on Hugh Grant. The award was presented to Grant on Tuesday by film producer and co-chairman of Working Title Eric Fellner at the BFI’s Chairman’s Dinner, hosted by BFI chair Greg Dyke.
Grant’s career has spanned over 30 years, 40 films and 21 TV roles. He has starred in international hits from comedies like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” to a dark turn in “An Awfully Big Adventure” and, most recently, playing opposite Meryl Streep in the soon to be released “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
Dyke said: “With impeccable comic timing and huge doses of his unique, ironic self-deprecating and very British charm, Hugh always pulls off the hardest thing of all — a seemingly effortless performance. I can assure you it’s not. Hugh’s acting talents are prodigious and his contribution to cinema enormous. He is a British icon and has been making literally billions of people all over the world laugh, cry — and fall in love with him of course — for over 30 years.”
Fellner said: “Hugh is one of those extraordinary British actors whose effortless performance and onscreen charm has endeared him to generations of audiences worldwide. His success has helped British film as a whole carve out a place in the world with a distinct quality that easily rivals the best to come out of Hollywood and other countries. For that contribution alone he deserves this remarkable honor from the BFI.”