Graham Norton is hosting the 2020 BAFTA Film Awards

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From Digital Spy

Graham Norton has landed a huge new gig as host of the BAFTA Film Awards next year. Whoop!

The TV chat show host will take over duties from Joanna Lumley for the 2020 ceremony on February 2, having overseen the TV ceremony semi-regularly for the past 15 years.

Lumley has hosted for the past two years after taking over from regular presenter Stephen Fry in 2018.

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"I'm delighted to be taking the helm of the biggest night in British Film, the audience at the Royal Albert Hall will be the biggest sofa I've ever faced," Graham said. "I'm honoured to be following in the fabulous footsteps of Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley."

"I am absolutely delighted that Graham Norton will host the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 2 February, 2020," added Chief Executive of BAFTA Amanda Berry.

"He will bring his brilliance and unique brand of humour to the role. The Film Awards is transmitted around the world, and those audiences know him too.

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"With Graham as our host I have no doubt we will deliver a very special celebration of the very best in film, and pay tribute to the most talented and creative people both in front of and behind the camera."

Graham is, of course, best known for his BBC One chat show, though admitted ahead of the latest series that he still had doubts about himself.

"I always get excited about returning to the chat show," he said. "Each time there's a slight sense of, 'Ooh, can I still do this?'

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"But then you see the people on the sofa and the 600 people in the audience all geed up and you think, 'Actually, I don’t suck at this job. There's a reason I've been doing it so long'. It's good to remind yourself of that occasionally."

Nominations for the 2020 BAFTA awards will be revealed on January 7, 2020, with the ceremony taking place on February 2.

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