British funnyman Stephen Fry nearly missed his star turn hosting the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards after a snow storm left him stranded in New York City.

The actor hosted the lavish Hollywood prizegiving in London on 16 February (14), but he nearly didn't make it in time after his flight back to Britain was cancelled due to bad weather in the Big Apple.

Captain America: The First Avenger star Hayley Atwell was booked on the same flight as Fry, and she was also frustrated by the delays as she was due in London for work too.

She tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "I was panicking because I had an audition in London to get back for and Stephen had to get back to host the Baftas. He only just made it in time."