Dame Judi Dench will receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award for ‘outstanding contribution to British film’ at the upcoming British International Film Awards, it has been confirmed.

The award, into its 17th year, has seen previous winners such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson and more acknowledged for their contribution to film.

“Dangerous on stage, on screen and apparently behind the wheel of a car, Dame Judi Dench and Richard Harris have a lot in common!” Jarred Harris, whose father the award is named after. “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.”

Dench, whose recent work is to appear in the film inspired by the life of Melita Norwood Red Joansaid: “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 filmmakers in the world,” Dench said.

“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.”

The awards ceremony is to take place on December 2nd in London.

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