Wobble board pioneer, cartoonist, acclaimed painter, and wearer of loud shirts Rolf Harris has become the first Australian to be honoured as a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs).

The Perth-born entertainment stalwart was presented the BAFTA Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award, for his “outstanding and exceptional contribution to television” by British actor and friend Robert Lindsay at the Television BAFTA awards last night. Previous recipients of the award include greats like Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Vanessa Redgrave and Jennifer Saunders so Rolf is in superlative company.

The remarkably well-preserved 82-year-old received a standing ovation from a crowd that included Ricky Gervais, Rob Brydon and Maggie Smith. Watch his charming acceptance speech below about how an average-looking Australian lad went from writing novelty ditties about a fictional three-legged man to becoming a treasured member of the British entertainment industry. Congratulations Rolf!

Via Herald-Sun