Christopher Lee will be awarded with a British Film Institute Fellowship at London's Film Festival, following in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton and Ralph Fiennes.

Speaking about the honour, which he will receive at the awards on October 19th, 91-year-old Lee said: "It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received this Award from the BFI."

Lee first appeared on the big screen in 1948 in Corridor of Mirrors and found fame in the 1950s with his unique portrayal of Frankenstein and iconic performances as Dracula. He also stole the show as Lord Summerisle in the classic chiller The Wicker Man.

In recent years, the veteran actor appeared in the Star Wars prequels and memorably played Saruman in Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings adaptation. He has also worked with Tim Burton on Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Corpse Bride.