Martin Scorsese is set to be honoured with a Bafta Fellowship at the Bafta Film Awards next month.

The acclaimed director, whose films include classics Raging Bull and Taxi Driver and last year's Hugo, will be awarded with the Academy Fellowship at the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on February 12.

He joins Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and Judi Dench who have already received the accolade, given to those who have provided an exceptional contribution to film.

Scorsese said of the award: "It is a great honour to be recognised by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends."

Bafta chairman Tim Corrie added: "Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over.

"We are delighted to honour his contribution to cinema history and look forward to paying tribute to him in London on 12 February."