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Baftas host Stephen Fry hits back over 'bag lady' quip at 'dear friend'

Published 15/02/2016

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Stephen Fry had harsh words for the winner of the Bafta Award for costume design - although he has insisted they were just "joshing".

Jenny Beavan, who won the prize for Mad Max: Fury Road, took to the stage in trousers, a leather jacket and a scarf.

After she collected the award, awards host Fry quipped: "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards dressed as a bag lady."

The dig drew mixed reactions from the audience, with some booing.

But Fry tweeted: "So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Beavan a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr."

He added: "Will all you sanctimonious f****** f*** the f*** off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate.

"Christ I want to leave the planet."

He said they had worked together on Gosford Park and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

Beavan accepted the awards with the words: "I live, I die, I live again", before praising the directors she had worked with throughout her career.

Fry later tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around Beavan.

He wrote: "Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party."

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