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BAFTA TV AWARDS 2022: Emotional fans praise Sir Billy Connolly for ‘beautiful’ acceptance speech


Emotional viewers have praised Sir Billy Connolly for his ‘beautiful’ acceptance speech at the BAFTA TV Awards as he was honoured with the fellowship gong.

The Scottish comedian, 79, was celebrated for a career spanning more than five decades at the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night.

The fellowship is the highest accolade given by The Academy to recognise ‘outstanding and exceptional contribution’ in film, games or television across their career.

Honoured: Emotional viewers have praised Sir Billy Connolly for his ‘beautiful’ acceptance speech at the BAFTA TV Awards as he was honoured with the prestigious Fellowship

Viewers were left teary-eyed after Sir Billy, also known as The Big Yin, appeared in a pre-recorded message from his US home and spoke about his Parkinson’s disease as he accepted the honour.

Sir Billy said his wife Pamela Stephenson, 72, puts on his clothes for him as he is suffering ‘badly’ with the brain disorder, which causes shaking and stiffness, but insisted he has ‘no complaints’.

Opening up about the disease, he said: ‘Hello ladies and gentlemen, it is I, Billy Connolly, accepting my wonderful thing! It is beautiful isn’t it? I am very proud to receive this. 

‘Life is good, I haven’t been on the stage for about two years, this is kind of nice and it suits me. 

Award: The Scottish comedian, 79, (pictured in 1985) was celebrated for a career spanning more than five decades at the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards on Sunday night

Award: The Scottish comedian, 79, (pictured in 1985) was celebrated for a career spanning more than five decades at the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards on Sunday night

‘Symptom spotters among you may notice that my left is my different from my right. It’s just one of these things, Parkinson’s disease, I suffer badly from the disease. 

‘My wife puts on my clothes in the morning and takes them off at night. It’s a jolly life, I’ve got no complaints.’

Sir Billy, who was knighted in 2017 for services to entertainment and charity, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 and retired from live performances five years later, but has continued to record programmes and make TV appearances.

In his acceptance speech, the legendary comedian went on to joke that he was thankful to receive the prestigious award now that his career is ‘out the window’.

He said: ‘I went from strength to strength on television and here we are today, getting this award. 

Touching: Viewers were left teary-eyed after Sir Billy, also known as The Big Yin, appeared in a pre-recorded message from his home in the US and spoke about his Parkinson's disease

Touching: Viewers were left teary-eyed after Sir Billy, also known as The Big Yin, appeared in a pre-recorded message from his home in the US and spoke about his Parkinson’s disease

‘I couldn’t be happier, it’s made me such a happy man getting these good attendance medals now that my career is out the window. It’s lovely talking to you. Cheerio!’

After watching his poignant speech, viewers were quick to take to Twitter to praise Sir Billy for his candid speech as they said his award was ‘well deserved’. 

One person wrote: ‘Absolute legend Billy Connolly huge congrats so well deserved.. a fighter, a gentleman, a funny funny man xx’

Another penned: ‘Billy Connolly is an international treasure.’

A third gushed: ‘So pleased Sir Billy Connolly has been given the Fellowship by BAFTA so deserved.’ 

While a fourth added: ‘A bit weepy watching #BAFTA and Sir Billy Connolly getting the fellowship. Me and my Dad would watch Billy together and laugh until we cried.’

Love: Sir Billy said his wife Pamela Stephenson (both pictured in 2016), 72, puts on his clothes for him as he said he is suffering 'badly' with the brain disorder, which causes shaking

Love: Sir Billy said his wife Pamela Stephenson (both pictured in 2016), 72, puts on his clothes for him as he said he is suffering ‘badly’ with the brain disorder, which causes shaking

And a fifth tweeted: ‘So moving to see the wonderful Billy Connolly receiving his much deserved BAFTA Fellowship award. Feel so privileged to have worked with him on Muppet Treasure Island. His contagious energy & humour were a joy every day.’

A sixth added: ‘Congratulations Billy beautiful speech, my favourite comedian.’ 

And another said: ‘Anyone else almost crying at #BillyConnolly at the #Baftas2022’ 

Sir Billy, who is set to turn 80 this year, previously spoke to Bafta.org about receiving the prestigious fellowship.

He said: ‘I have a collection of shiny things that I’m very proud of.

'Beautiful': After watching the poignant speech, viewers were quick to take to Twitter to praise Sir Billy for his candid speech as they said his award was 'well deserved'

‘Beautiful’: After watching the poignant speech, viewers were quick to take to Twitter to praise Sir Billy for his candid speech as they said his award was ‘well deserved’

‘But I never set out to get them or hunt them down. I don’t believe in aiming at it because if you don’t get it for whatever reason you’re all disappointed.

‘Just do what you do well and you’ll find yourself a fellow before you know it.’

‘It’s really important to work, to draw, to write, to walk silly for your grandchildren,’ he told Bafta.org, adding: ‘Doing the same thing you’ve always done is good for you.

‘I don’t let the Parkinson’s dictate who I am – I just get on with it. I’ve had a very successful career and I have no regrets at all.’

Sir Billy joins a prestigious list of other recipients honoured for their work in the world of television which includes Sir David Attenborough, Dame Julie Walters, Sir Trevor McDonald, Dame Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Jon Snow, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Dame Joan Bakewell and others.

Incredible: Sir Billy, who is set to turn 80 this year, previously spoke to Bafta.org about receiving the fellowship, which is the highest accolade given by The Academy

Incredible: Sir Billy, who is set to turn 80 this year, previously spoke to Bafta.org about receiving the fellowship, which is the highest accolade given by The Academy

Sir Billy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and retired from live performances in 2018.

Born in Glasgow in 1942, Sir Billy began his working life as a welder in the Clyde shipyards before embarking on a career as a folk singer and musician alongside Gerry Rafferty in The Humblebums before developing the stand-up act that made him famous.

He is also an accomplished actor, winning praise for his role opposite Dame Judi Dench in Mrs Brown in 1997, as well as The Man Who Sued God and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. He is also a gifted travel reporter, making a string of popular documentaries.

In 2002, Sir Billy was presented with a Bafta Special Award and made a CBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

In 2010, he was given the highest honour Glasgow could bestow upon him – the Freedom of the City.

Achievements: In 2002, Sir Billy was presented with a Bafta Special Award and made a CBE in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List (pictured)

Achievements: In 2002, Sir Billy was presented with a Bafta Special Award and made a CBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List (pictured)

Two years later, he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Bafta Scotland for six decades in showbusiness.

Sir Billy has been married to actress turned clinical psychologist and author Pamela Stephenson since 1989.

He added of the fellowship: ‘I am deeply honoured. Fifty films and… I can’t remember how many TV shows – as well as my stage comedy – added up to something that’s a joy to look back on. A lovely thing. I have no regrets at all.

‘I had no idea the fellowship existed, but I’m told it’s a big deal!. It’s lovely to be recognised and to become a jolly good fellow.’

Illness: Sir Billy (pictured in 2013) was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 and retired from live performances in 2018

Illness: Sir Billy (pictured in 2013) was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and retired from live performances in 2018

He credited the first of many appearances on Michael Parkinson’s chat show in 1975 with helping him to become a household name.

He said: ‘It was a huge breakthrough. It made me 10 times more famous than I was. I was two-thirds of the way through an English tour at the time, and the venues were half-full. As soon as I went on Parky it sold out, and it stayed sold out for the rest of my career.’

Emma Baehr, executive director of awards and content at Bafta, said: ‘We’re honoured to be awarding Sir Billy Connolly with the 2022 Bafta Fellowship Award.

‘He has made a remarkable contribution to our industry from his first appearance on Parkinson in 1975, through to becoming a national treasure on stage and screen, adored by fans around the world.

‘Bafta is looking forward to celebrating this award with Sir Billy in due course and thanking him again for his phenomenal career in television.’

Receiving the fellowship this year means Sir Billy is being recognised by Bafta for the third successive decade, the organisation said.

His most recent projects include TV shows including 2018’s Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland, Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail in 2019 and Gold’s Billy Connolly Does… which aired this year.

Last year, he released an autobiography titled Windswept & Interesting.

BAFTA TV AWARDS 2022: THE WINNERS

Comedy Entertainment Programme

The Graham Norton Show

The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan – WINNER

Race Around Britain

The Ranganation

Current Affairs

Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (Exposure) – WINNER 

Four Hours at the Capitol

The Men Who Sell Football (Al Jazeera Investigations)

Trump Takes on the World

Daytime

The Chase – WINNER 

Moneybags

Richard Osman’s House of Games

Steph’s Packed Lunch

Drama Series

In My Skin -WINNER

Manhunt: The Night Stalker

Unforgotten

Vigil

Entertainment Performance

Alison Hammond (I Can See Your Voice)

Big Zuu (Big Zuu’s Big Eats) – WINNER

Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)

Joe Lycett (Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back)

Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel)

Sean Lock (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Entertainment Programme

An Audience with Adele

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – WINNER 

Life & Rhymes

Strictly Come Dancing

The Factual Series

The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime

9/11: One Day in America

Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles

Uprising – WINNER

Features

Big Zuu’s Big Eats – WINNER

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Sort Your Life Out

The Great British Sewing Bee

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)

Aisling Bea (This Way Up)

Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)

Natasia Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats)

Rose Matafeo (Starstruck)

Sophie Willan (Alma’s Not Normal) -WINNER

International

Call My Agent!

Lupin

Mare of Easttown

Squid Game

Succession

The Underground Railroad – WINNER 

Single Documentary

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room

Grenfell: The Untold Story

My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan – WINNER 

Nail Bomber: Man Hunt

Single Drama

Death of England: Face to Face

Help

I Am Victoria

Together – WINNER 

Specialist Factual

Black Power: A British Story of Resistance

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

The Missing Children – WINNER 

Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain

Sport

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – WINNER 

ITV Racing: The Grand National

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

UEFA Euro 2020 Semi-Final: England v Denmark

 

 

 

Leading Actor

David Thewlis (Landscapers)

Hugh Quarshie (Stephen)

Olly Alexander (It’s A Sin)

Samuel Adewunmi (You Don’t Know Me)

Sean Bean (Time) – WINNER 

Stephen Graham (Help)

Leading Actress

Denise Gough (Too Close)

Emily Watson (Too Close)

Jodie Comer (Help) – WINNER 

Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)

Lydia West (It’s A Sin)

Niamh Algar (Deceit)

Live Event

The Brit Awards 2021

The Earthshot Prize 2021 – WINNER 

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance

Springwatch 2021

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats) – WINNER 

Joe Gilgun (Brassic)

Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)

Samson Kayo (Bloods)

Steve Coogan (This Time With Alan Partridge)

Tim Renkow (Jerk)

Mini-Series

It’s A Sin

Landscapers

Stephen

Time – WINNER

News Coverage

Channel 4 News: Black to Front

Good Morning Britain: Shamima Begum

ITV News at Ten: Storming of the Capitol – WINNER 

Sky News: Afghanistan: Endgame

Reality and Constructed Factual

Gogglebox – WINNER 

Married at First Sight UK

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

The Dog House

Scripted Comedy

Alma’s Not Normal

Motherland

Stath Lets Flats – WINNER 

We Are Lady Parts

Short Form Programme

Hollyoaks Saved My Life (Hollyoaks IRL)

Our Land – WINNER 

People You May Know

Please Help

Soap & Continuing Drama

Casualty

Coronation Street – WINNER 

Emmerdale

Holby City 

Supporting Actor

Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin)

David Carlyle (It’s A Sin)

Matthew MacFadyen (Succession) – WINNER

Nonso Anozie (Sweet Tooth)

Omari Douglas (It’s A Sin)

Stephen Graham (Time)

Supporting Actress

Cathy Tyson (Help) – WINNER 

Celine Buckens (Showtrial)

Emily Mortimer (The Pursuit of Love)

Jessica Plummer (The Girl Before)

Leah Harvey (Foundation)

Tahirah Sharif (The Tower)

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment

An Audience with AdeleI

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

It’s A Sin

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Squid Game

Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER

  

 

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