Thesp to be feted at Dec. 1 kudofest

LONDON — Helen Mirren is to receive the European Film Academy’s European Achievement in World Cinema, the EFA announced Tuesday.

The honorary award recognizes the British actress’ entire body of work and will be presented at the 25th European Film Awards ceremony on Dec. 1 in Malta.

“It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form,” said Mirren. “This award is therefore a very meaningful honor.”

Mirren started her acting career in the 1960s and saw her film breakthrough come in John Mackenzie’s “The Long Good Friday” in 1980. She received the best actress award at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and her first Oscar nomination for her role as Queen Charlotte in “The Madness of King George.”

Her role as Blighty’s current queen, Elizabeth II, in Stephen Frears’ “The Queen,” saw her win the best actress Oscar in 2006. It has recently been announced that Mirren will reprise the role on stage in 2013 in London’s West End in Stephen Daldry’s “The Audience,” written by “The Queen” screenwriter Peter Morgan.

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