Richard E Grant “hugely privileged” to host 2023 BAFTA Film Awards

Withnail and I star Richard E Grant is to host the BAFTA Film Awards for the first time at the 2023 gala event at the London Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on the 19th February.

Grant will follow a number of high-profile hosts of the event over the years including Stephen Fry, Rebel Wilson and Graham Norton.

This Morning presenter Alison Hammond will offer an “access-all-areas” experience for viewers from a backstage BAFTA studio area while film critic Ali Plumb and radio and TV presenter Vick Hope will host from the red carpet on the night.

The BAFTA Film Awards will be broadcast on BBC One and will be available for viewers in the UK to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The 2023 nominations longlist has already been released, with this year’s shortlist to be unveiled on Thursday 19th January.

Richard E. Grant, 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.” 

Alison Hammond, said: “I’m so excited to be hosting at this year’s EE BAFTA Film Awards with THE Richard E. Grant. We’re going to have a lot of fun bringing the glitz and glam of backstage to everyone watching at home around the world. From hanging out with the stars to celebrating the biggest night for cinema, and joining the discussions with film fans, get ready for good vibes only!”

Jane Millichip, Chief Executive of BAFTA said: “We are blessed to have a fantastic line-up 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. And I can’t think of anyone better to complement Richard’s razor-sharp wit, and to helm our brand new BAFTA Studio, than Alison Hammond, with her brilliantly entertaining and candid interview style. On the red carpet, Ali Plumb and Vick Hope are masters at capturing the excitement and anticipation in the build-up to the ceremony. The EE BAFTA Film Awards are at the heart of BAFTA’s mission to recognise exceptional storytelling and the immensely talented people who bring those stories to the big screen, inspiring both audiences and future filmmakers alike.”

For the first time in BAFTA history, the broadcast will culminate in a live segment to reveal the final four category winners “enabling audiences at home to experience the nominee and winners’ reactions in real-time.”