British actress Julie Walters is set to receive the coveted Bafta Fellowship.
The 64-year-old star will follow in the footsteps of previous winners Michael Palin, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Richard Curtis, Sir David Jason and Sir Bruce Forsyth when she receives the annual accolade during May’s Bafta Television Awards in London.
Walters said she was “extremely shocked” to be named as this year’s recipient.
“I am honoured to receive this prestigious award and extremely shocked. I’ve worked with some brilliant people over the years and have been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to work on such a variety of projects.”
Julie Walter’s television career took off in the early 80s when she collaborated on Wood and Walters with Victoria Wood. Since then she has starred in Dinnerladies, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Acorn Antiques, The Ruby in the Smoke and Mo, and has picked up six Bafta awards, a Golden Globe, an Olivier and two Emmys.
“Julie Walters is one of the most talented individuals to grace our screens,” said Bafta’s chief executive Amanda Berry, adding: “She has the innate ability to draw the viewer in across any genre, captivating and entertaining with every performance.”
“Julie is thoroughly deserving of the Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow.”
Walter’s CV isn’t limited to the TV screen. The star was also enjoyed roles in films such as Harry Potter, Mamma Mia, Calender Girls, Billy Elliot and 1983’s Educating Rita.
The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards are on Sunday 18 May at the Theatre Royal in London. The ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, will air on BBC1.