Big Yin hailed with Bafta Scotland lifetime award
Billy Connolly is going to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Bafta Scotland for his six decades in show business.
The 69-year-old comedian, actor and musician is hailed by Bafta as one of Scotland’s most successful talents and will be given the award for his outstanding contribution to television and film.
The Big Yin, as he is affectionately known, will not be at the ceremony in November due to other commitments, but a recorded message will be played on the night.
He will instead receive the award at a public event in December when Connolly is looking forward to coming back to Glasgow and is certain he will have a “good laugh” with the audience.
“I’m really pleased and proud to receive this trophy from Bafta in Scotland because I know you probably think we luvvies get shiny prizes all the time. But actually, sometimes we don’t,” he said.
“I’m really sorry I can’t be there because I’m in San Francisco doing some prior engagements. But in December I will be in Glasgow, where my heart is all the time, doing a Bafta Life in Pictures event highlighting my film and television work from over the years, which might be quite groovy.”
Connolly is to appear in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet and the film The Hobbit, both released next year.
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