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BAFTA host Joanna Lumley WON’T be wearing black on Sunday and has some harsh words for Time's Up movement

Mirror logo Mirror 13/02/2018 Beth Hardie
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Joanna Lumley will be the first woman to host the BAFTAs solo in its history when she does so on Sunday night and it couldn’t come at a more poignant time in history.

Not only is it the centenary of women winning the right to vote, but in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and mounting cases of alleged sexual abuse within the entertainment industry being reported as a result, guests at the ceremony are being asked to wear black in support of the Time’s Up movement.

But Joanna will not be wearing black and doesn’t seem remotely bothered by it either.

“I don’t think black is what one likes to see,” she told this week’s OK! magazine.

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“I had to choose how I would look before any of this blew up, so I shall be wearing a plain charcoal grey dress that Betty Jackson made for me. I shall look like a head mistress.”

Actress and TV presenter Joanna, 71, has been working in the industry for over 50 years and has some strong views on avoiding predatory men.


”We’ve got to a stage where we’re putting men in a terribly uneasy position. They don’t know how to say to a girl: ‘I think you look fabulous,’ because that could be taken as an insult. Predatory b*****d!

“So I’m full of sympathy for the horrors that have gone on, but be your own judge. If you don’t know whether to take your pants off and sleep with him, don’t scream later: ‘I didn’t want to do it!’

Joanna also believes alcohol and getting into the wrong situations is a recipe for disaster and the rules for avoiding awful situations are simple.

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“Don’t go to someone’s hotel room late at night when you’re drunk. It’s not going to end well. If you’re drunk and put yourself in the way of harm, harm will come to you. I didn’t but it will.”

As for the Sunday’s ceremony at the the Royal Albert Hall, Joanna is looking forward to meeting the “wonderful” Margot Williams again and has no shame about how starstruck she will be.

“I shall become a crawling addict going around behind them all, saying: ‘Oh please can I have a selfie?!”

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As for taking over the hosting job from Stephen Fry, who was at the helm for 12 years, Joanna feels no pressure as a woman.

“Women are just the same. I’ve always been a bit drained by the woman/man thing. I’d like to see a completely even playing field where you don’t have to say whether you’re a man or a woman or trans and you don’t have to say what age you are.

“You just have to be good at your job.”

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Read the rest of the interview in this week's OK! magazine, out now.

You can watch the BAFTAs live on BBC1 on Sunday 9-11pm.

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