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Billy Connolly jokes his career is ‘out the window’ as he gets Bafta fellowship

Sir Billy Connolly joked that he was comfortable to obtain the prestigious Bafta fellowship “now my career is out the window” in a pre-recorded message at the academy’s TV awards.

The 79-year-old Scottish comic, additionally identified as The Big Yin, lives in the US and was not in a position to attend the occasion in particular person however recorded an acceptance speech.

He was honoured on Sunday for a career spanning greater than 5 many years.

Sir Billy Connolly gets an honorary doctorate diploma from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (PA)

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Sir Billy, who has Parkinson’s illness, stated: “I am very proud to receive this. Life is good. I haven’t been on the stage for about two years. This is kind of nice. It suits me.

“Symptom spotters among you may notice that my left is different from my right. It is just one of these things. Parkinson’s disease. I suffer badly from the disease.

“My wife puts on my clothes in the morning and takes them off at night. It is a jolly life. I have got no complaints.”

After telling anecdotes illustrating how the world has modified in his 50 years of comedy, he added: “I went from strength to strength on television and here we are today getting this award.

“I couldn’t be happier. It has made me such a happy man getting these good attendance medals now my career is out the window.”

He joins a prestigious listing of recipients together with Sir David Attenborough, Dame Julie Walters, Sir Trevor McDonald, Dame Joanna Lumley, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

Sir Billy, who was knighted in 2017 for companies to leisure and charity, was recognized with Parkinson’s in 2013 and retired from dwell performances 5 years later, however has continued to file programmes and make TV appearances.

Born in Glasgow in 1942, he started his working life as a welder in the Clyde shipyards earlier than embarking on a career as a folks singer and musician alongside Gerry Rafferty in The Humblebums earlier than creating the stand-up act that made him well-known.

He is additionally an achieved actor, successful reward for his position reverse Dame Judi Dench in Mrs Brown in 1997, as nicely as The Man Who Sued God and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. He is additionally a gifted journey reporter, making a string of widespread documentaries.

In 2002, Sir Billy was introduced with a Bafta Special Award and made a CBE in the 2003 Queen’s birthday honours .

In 2010 he was given the highest honour Glasgow might bestow upon him, the Freedom of the City.

Two years later he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Bafta Scotland for six many years in showbusiness.

Sir Billy has been married to actress-turned-clinical psychologist and writer Pamela Stephenson since 1989.

His most up-to-date tasks have been TV exhibits together with 2018’s Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland, Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail in 2019 and Gold’s Billy Connolly Does… which aired this year.

Last year he launched an autobiography titled Windswept & Interesting.

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