Joanna Lumley Announced as Host of the 2019 BAFTA Awards

Joanna Lumley. Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (8960582e)

The BAFTAs are coming back on February 10 and it’s safe to say that it’s going to be absolutely fabulous. Joanna Lumley is getting ready to host this awards ceremony for the second year in a row.

Emma Baehr, director of awards at BAFTA, announced the amazing news and said Cirque du Soleil will also return to deliver one of their signature performances during 2019 ceremony. Baehr said they’re looking forward to seeing Lumley take the hosting duties since she was fantastic the first time around.

The Absolutely Fabulous star became a BAFTA host after Stephen Fry decided to pass over the mental. He decided to “retire” after 12 years on the job, since he felt it’s the right time to stand down and let others take the BAFTAs on to new heights and greater glories.

Joanna Lumley hosted her first BAFTA ceremony at the height of the #MeToo movement, and she was the first woman to ever accept this duty. She left the audience in hysterics, but avoided making big statements, because she felt it’s up for the recipients to come on stage and say whatever they want to say.