12 Apr 2014

BAFTA Fellowship for Walters

8:44 am on 12 April 2014

Actress Julie Walters is to be given the BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honour the British Academy of Film and Television Arts can bestow, for her contribution to film and TV.

Julie Walters.

Julie Walters. Photo: AFP (file)

Walters gained international stardom with Educating Rita (1983). The film was nominated for three Oscars, and Walters won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for best actress.

Walters won another BAFTA for best supporting actress in 2001 for the film Billy Elliot.

The BBC reports she won the best actress category at the BAFTA TV awards for three consecutive years between 2002 and 2004, for her roles in My Beautiful Son, Murder and Canterbury Tales.

She received the prize a fourth time in 2010 for her portrayal of former Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam in Mo.

''(Walters) has the innate ability to draw the viewer in across any genre, captivating and entertaining with every performance,'' said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry.

Walters will receive the award at this year's television Baftas in London on 18 May.