19/02/2018 00:00 GMT | Updated 19/02/2018 14:52 GMT

Baftas 2018: Joanna Lumley's Hosting Debut Receives Mixed Reviews

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Joanna Lumley received mixed reviews from fans, after making her debut as a Baftas host on Sunday (18 February) night. 

Steering a huge awards ceremony is never easy and while many applauded the ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ star’s efforts, a number of viewers watching the ceremony at home were left unimpressed. 

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Joanna kicked off the evening with a short monologue, highlight the work of some of the A-listers in the room for praise, while harmlessly poking fun at some of the others, including Hugh Grant. 

“He played an egocentric actor,” she said, referencing his star turn in ‘Paddington 2’. “Don’t know how you did it, dahling... Well done!”

As the night went on, the TV legend was clearly comfortable in the role but it’s fair to say that some of the pre-written jokes fell a little flat: 

One thing we can all agree on though, is that Joanna’s quip about the fact Rebecca Ferguson was wearing the same dress as her was expertly delivered. 

“I hope you saw Rebecca and I are doing a twin dress thing,” she said. “It’s because we’re nearly the same age.”

The night saw a number of fan favourites take home awards, with ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ winning five. 

‘I, Tonya’ star Allison Janney also triumphed, in the Best Supporting Actress category, while Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill won him the Best Actor accolade. See the full list of winners here

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