Veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee is to be honoured at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival Awards.

Christopher Lee

The 91-year-old actor will receive a BFI Fellowship - the British Film Institute’s highest honour - at the awards on Oct 19.

Lee, knighted in 2009 for his services to drama and charity, has featured in more than 250 films including memorable performances in Dracula, The Wicker Man, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Man with the Golden Gun, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Star Wars prequels.

The BFI has also announced its jury line-up with critic Phillip French assuming the presidency of the Best Film Jury. His fellow jurors are Lone Scherfig, Stan Douglas, Miranda Richardson, Deborah Moggach and Rodrigo Prieto.

The Sutherland Award jury comprises president Elizabeth Karlsen, Emilia Fox, Susanna White, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Dillane.

On the jury of the Best British Newcomer Award is president Amanda Posey, Tom Kingsley, Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Gina McKee and Joanne Froggatt.

The Grierson Award for Best Documentary will be presided over by Kate Ogborn, who is joined by Chris Wilson, Chris Harris, Sophie Raworth and Alex Cooke.