Julie Walters to land gong for contribution to UK film

Julie Walters will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the UK film industry at an awards ceremony tonight celebrating the best in independent British cinema.

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Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan shortlisted

Tonight's Bifa ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.

The pair are shortlisted for the Best Actress and Best Actor awards.

Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan arriving at the Philomena Premiere. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The film, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland, is also in the running for Best Film.

Julie Walters to land gong for contribution to UK film

Julie Walters will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the UK film industry at an awards ceremony tonight celebrating the best in independent British cinema.

Julie Walters is up for a gong. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 63-year-old actress, star of Educating Rita and the Harry Potter films, will accept the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas) in central London.

Previous winners include John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter.

Tonight's ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.

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