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Bafta honours 'outstanding' Gilliam

Source ITN

Updated on 03 February 2009

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam is to be honoured with a Bafta fellowship award in recognition of his "outstanding and exceptional contribution to film".

Orange British Academy Film Awards organisers said the fellowship is the "highest accolade" they hand out.

Those previously honoured include Charlie Chaplin, Steven Spielberg and Dame Judi Dench. Last year's recipient was Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Gilliam said: "This is a great honour for someone who needs so many other people to do his job."

In a career spanning five decades, Gilliam has enjoyed Bafta, Academy Award and Golden Globe success. Born in Minnesota, Gilliam worked as a cartoonist, magazine illustrator, advertising copywriter and art director.

In 1969, he teamed up with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin to form Monty Python's Flying Circus.

In 1975, the group's first film Monty Python and the Holy Grail was Gilliam's feature length directorial debut.

He has found acclaim with a diverse range of films including Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Brothers Grimm.

Gilliam recently completed the late Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which also stars Lily Cole, Verne Troyer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.

He will receive the award this Sunday at London's Royal Opera House.

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