Dame Judi Dench will need to clear some space on her trophy shelf in the coming weeks, because she’ll soon be collecting another acting award.
It’s been announced today that the veteran actress will receive the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film at next month’s British International Film Awards.
The award, named after late Harry Potter and This Sporting Life actor Richard Harris, celebrates Dench’s memorable roles in acclaimed British films including Mrs Brown, Notes on a Scandal, A Room with a View, Philomena, and Mrs Henderson Presents.
Dench said in a press statement: “It has been my absolute privilege to spend almost 60 years working in the British film industry, one of the most vibrant and creative homes for film-makers in the world.
“To be recognized with this award, which bears the name of the great Richard Harris and counts some of my favourite actors and actresses amongst its past recipients, is a source of deep pride and a very special honor.”
The Crown actor Jared Harris, son of the late Richard Harris, added: “Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor, she is undeniably both the standard bearer and the gold standard for British actors.”
Dench will collect her award at a ceremony in London on December 2. Previous recipients of the Richard Harris Award include Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and last year’s winner Vanessa Redgrave.
At this stage in her career, Dench is no stranger to collecting prestigious acting accolades. She already has an Oscar, two Golden Globes, 10 BAFTAs, and a Tony to her name.
She’ll soon be seen on the big screen again opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh and Sir Ian McKellen in the Shakespeare-themed drama All Is True. It opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on December 21, before getting a wider release in 2019.
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