Richard E. Grant to host 2023 BAFTAs

Richard E. Grant will host the 2023 BAFTAs credit:Bang Showbiz
Richard E. Grant will host the 2023 BAFTAs credit:Bang Showbiz

Richard E. Grant is to host the 2023 BAFTA Film Awards.

The 65-year-old actor will front the upcoming ceremony - which takes place on Sunday February 19 and will honour the biggest achievements in British moviemaking over the last year - and is looking forward to "celebrating the very best" the industry has to offer as he follows on from the likes of Rebel Wilson, Dame Joanna Lumley and Graham Norton in taking the reigns at the annual event.

In a statement, he said: "I feel hugely privileged to be hosting the EE Baftas for the first time and the opportunity to celebrate the very best of the extraordinary range of this year’s films.”

The 'Withnail and I' star will be joined in the host line-up by 'This Morning' presenter Alison Hammond - who will give viewers an “access-all-areas experience of one of the biggest nights in film” via a purpose-built studio - and radio DJ Vick Hope and Ali Plumb, who will be interviewing stars on the red carpet as they arrive.

Jane Millichip, chief executive of Bafta, said: “We are blessed to have a fantastic lineup of hosts for our 2023 EE Bafta film awards, all of whom exude wit, charm and warmth.

“I can’t wait to see Richard E Grant take to the stage. Much-loved by our audience at home, Richard also commands huge respect from his industry peers.”

The nominees for the upcoming ceremony will be announced on Thursday (19.01.23), with the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Viola Davis, Bill Nighy, and Colin Farrell already having made the longlist for their performances whilst movies such as Martin McDonagh’s 'The Banshees of Inisherin' and ' Everything Everywhere All at Once' have also received a nod on the list.