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Dame Judi Dench to be honoured for "outstanding contribution" to British film

The Iris and Philomena actress, from Heworth Village in York will receive the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards.

Judi is also known for her iconic roles such as M in James Bond films, Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul and Mrs Fairfax in Jane Eyre.

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The 83-year-old said:

It has been my absolute privilege to spend almost 60 years working in the British film industry, one of the most vibrant and creative homes for film-makers in the world.

"To be recognised with this award, which bears the name of the great Richard Harris and counts some of my favourite actors and actresses amongst its past recipients, is a source of deep pride and a very special honour."

– Dame Judi Dench

Jared, son of late actor Richard, said:

We are delighted that she has agreed to accept this award. Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way.

"Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor, she is undeniably both the standard bearer and the gold standard for British actors."

– Jared Harris

Previous recipients of the award include Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor and, in 2017, Vanessa Redgrave.

The award honours an actor or actress who has contributed significantly to British films throughout their career.

The ceremony will take place in London on December 2.