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Mirren to receive BAFTA fellowship

Dame Helen Mirren will be awarded the highest BAFTA honor available at the ceremony next month.

It's the highest honour available at the ceremony, which takes place on February 16.

The prize was taken home by Sir Alan Parker last year and 68-year-old Helen can't believe it will be her next month.

"This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming," she marvelled in a statement.

The British star won the best actress Oscar for her role in The Queen in 2007 and has been nominated a further three times.

At this year's Golden Globes she also received a nod for best actress in a mini-series or TV movie thanks to her part in Phil Spector.

The Queen also won her a Golden Globe and BAFTA in 2007.

She will be stepping up on stage at the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London next month to collect the honour.

BAFTA chairman John Willis said: "Dame Helen Mirren receives the fellowship as one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation. Dame Helen's incredibly successful career is testament to the determination, dedication and skill she brings to each of her roles."

Helen was awarded her damehood in 2003, another milestone in her amazing career.

Other notable roles include her part in action franchise Red, Hitchcock and Calendar Girls.

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