Actress Julie Walters will be honoured with a Bafta fellowship at the organisation's TV awards next month.
The star, whose career includes Boys From The Black Stuff and regular collaborations with Victoria Wood, will pick up the honour at a ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London's West End.
Walters, who won a Bafta in 2010 for her performance as politician Mo Mowlam in Channel 4's Mo, 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."
Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry said: "Julie is thoroughly deserving of the fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow."
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.
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 will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the UK film industry at an awards ceremony tonight celebrating the best in independent British cinema.
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.
Screen star Julie Walters has hit out at the makers of TV talent shows, accusing them of exploiting contestants, and at reality shows.
She told the Radio Times: "There's not enough drama being made.
"We've got too many reality shows, but that's probably just a fashion so I'm waiting for things to swing back.
"I also get very angry that vulnerable people appear in the audition stages of TV talent shows.
"I think it's sad that people's real vulnerabilities are being exploited. They simply shouldn't be there."