Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning actress Julie Walters CBE is the latest British star to be honoured by Women in Film and Television (WFTV).
She will receive its highest accolade - the Lifetime Achievement Award 2008.
Building on a successful TV career, Walters' break into film came with Educating Rita in 1983. Her performance alongside Michael Caine earned her a BAFTA and Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.
Most recently she starred alongside Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth in Mamma Mia, the biggest grossing British film of all time at the UK box office. Other highlights include leading roles in Billy Elliot and Calendar Girls.
'Julie has undoubtedly become one of the country's national treasures, and she has amassed an extraordinary body of work in a relatively short number of years,' said Kate Kinninmont, Chief Executive of WFTV UK. 'At only 58, she is the youngest ever recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award, a great testament to her talent and creativity.'
Walters will be presented with the award at The Target WFTV Awards Luncheon 2008, which will be held in London at the Hilton on Park Lane on 5 December.
The event will be sponsored by The Target Entertainment Group. Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Diana Rigg.