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Forsyth to receive BAFTA's top honour

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Forsyth to receive BAFTA's top honour
Bruce Forsyth will receive an Academy Fellowship at Sunday's BAFTA Television Awards.

The entertainer will be given the prestigious award by Paul Merton to honour his "outstanding body of work".

The 80-year-old started his showbiz career at the age of 14 and is still going strong as host of BBC favourite Strictly Come Dancing.

TV committee chairman John Willis said: "He has been keeping viewers of all ages entertained for decades. He is the ultimate all-round entertainer.

"Just after his 80th birthday is the perfect time for BAFTA to recognise his huge contribution to popular television by awarding Bruce a very well-deserved Fellowship."

Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ken Loach, Anne Coates and Richard Curtis are among previous recipients of the prize which is considered the Academy's greatest accolade.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.

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