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Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is to step down as host of the Bafta Film Awards.

Fry, who has fronted the ceremony 12 times, said it was “only right to stand down and let others take the Baftas on to new heights and greater glories”.

A replacement will be named on Tuesday [Jan 9], when this year’s nominees are revealed.

Fry first hosted the awards in 2001. He had a break from hosting duties between 2007-11, when Jonathan Ross took over.

The 2018 awards will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 18 February 2018 and broadcast on BBC One. For the second year, dance troupe Cirque de Soleil will perform a piece during the ceremony.

Fry said: “Every one of the twelve Bafta film award ceremonies that I had the privilege of hosting has a place in my memory. The mixture of glamour, glory, drama and - occasionally - embarrassment and hiccup holds a unique place in the British film calendar. Over the last two decades I have especially loved watching the emergence of new young film talent behind and in front of the camera. But after so long a time I felt it only right to stand down and let others take the Baftas on to new heights and greater glories.

“I want to thank all the production staff, Amanda Berry and her wonderful BAFTA colleagues, the BBC and all those who helped make every year so enjoyable. I reserve especial gratitude and imagination for Ivor Baddiel and Phil Kerr, whose work on the scripts was so skilful it made people think I’d written every line myself.

“What fun it will be to watch Bafta 2018 without my heart hammering, mouth drying and knees trembling.”

Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of Bafta, said: “On behalf of everyone at BAFTA, I would like to sincerely thank Stephen Fry for making each and every one of the Film Awards that he’s presented such memorable and joyous occasions. We will miss him tremendously. We will reveal who our host for the 2018 Awards will be on Tuesday 9 January at our nominations press conference.”