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Julie Walters to receive BAFTA fellowship

Julie Walters at last year's South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Photo: Chris Lobina
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Julie Walters is to receive a fellowship at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards.

The fellowship, awarded in recognition of “an outstanding ad exceptional contribution to film, television or games”, is the highest accolade the academy bestows.

Former recipients include Richard Curtis, David Jason and Melvyn Bragg.

Walters has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, appearing in programmes such as Dinnerladies and Mo.

She said: “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.”

Walters has previously won six BAFTAs and a BAFTA special award, and was last year presented an outstanding achievement prize at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry described Walters as “one of the most talented individuals to grace our screens”.

The BAFTA TV Awards will take place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on May 18.

 

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