WFTV UK to honor Julie Walters

Awards to take place on Dec. 5 in London

LONDON — British thesp Julie Walters is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.K. branch of Women in Film and Television on Dec. 5.

Highlights during her 34-year career include “Educating Rita,” for which she won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, “Billy Elliot,” for which she also took a BAFTA, the Harry Potter franchise and “Mamma Mia!,” as well as an equally diverse range of TV roles, which included BAFTA wins for “My Beautiful Son,” “Murder” and “Canterbury Tales.”

She was Oscar nommed for “Educating Rita” and “Billy Elliot.”

She’ll be seen next in “A Short Stay in Switzerland,” a BBC drama about euthanasia that attracted considerable buyer interest at last month’s Mipcom, and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

“Julie has undoubtedly become one of the country’s national treasures,” commented Kate Kinninmont, chief exec of WFTV U.K.

The Target WFTV Awards, which are being sponsored by the Target Entertainment Group, will be held at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.

Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Diana Rigg.

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