BENEDICT Cumberbatch revealed he was opening his home to Ukrainian refugees as the Baftas paid tribute to the nation’s people.
Speaking on the red carpet he said: “Everyone needs to do as much as they can.
“I think already today the news has broken that there’s been a record number of people volunteering to take people into their homes, and I hope to be part of that myself.”
Bafta chair Krishnendu Majumdar kicked off proceedings with a message from Bafta on the behalf of Ukraine.
He said: “I want to begin with a message on behalf of Bafta for the people of Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked the world.
“With images and stories detailing a truly horrific and heartbreaking situation.
“Together with our colleagues at the Ukrainian film academy, with our fellow academies across Europe, we stand in solidarity with those brave people fighting for their country.
“We share their hope for a return to peace.
“We are hugely grateful to the journalists and filmmakers covering Ukraine, many of whom are Bafta members.
“Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, as well as those affected by many other conflicts around the world at this time.”