High Praise: Dirk Bogarde receives first BAFTA Tribute
The BAFTA Tribute was inaugurated in 1988 as an annual, bespoke presentation – separate to the Awards ceremonies – to a British actor or actress who’d made an outstanding contribution to world cinema. Dirk Bogarde was to be the first recipient.

Hosted by Robert Powell, a stellar line-up of Bogarde’s friends and colleagues, including John Hurt, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenda Jackson and Jeremy Irons gathered at the Odeon Leicester Square on Sun 9 October to pay tribute to his sterling career that had spanned five decades and included hits such as The Servant, Oh! What A Lovely War and A Bridge Too Far. The event culminated with Academy President HRH The Princess Royal presenting Bogarde with a BAFTA mask.

The scope of BAFTA Tributes broadened over the years to include both Film and Television practitioners from all areas of production, with documentarian Nick Broomfield, costume designer Phyllis Dalton, producer Betty Willingdale and special effects legend Ray Harryhausen receiving tributes amongst many others.

Image: Guest of honour Dirk Bogarde with HRH Princess Anne at the Odeon Leicester Square at the end of his BAFTA Tribute (BAFTA/Doug McKenzie)

Dirk Bogarde with HRH Princess Royal after receiving the BAFTA tribute award (BAFTA Archive/Doug McKenzie)