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Jude Law and Sir Michael Gambon to be honoured at Moët British Independent Film Awards

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Story by Jack Foley

JUDE Law and Sir Michael Gambon are to be honoured at the 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards.

Sir Michael will receive the Richard Harris Award and Law The Variety Award at the awards ceremony on Sunday, December 9 at Old Billingsgate.

The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honour of Richard Harris and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter and, most recently, Ralph Fiennes in 2011.

The honour this year is a poignant one, given that it was Richard Harris’s role of the beloved Hogwarts headmaster, Dumbledore in Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, which Sir Michael Gambon bravely stepped into, following Harris’ passing in 2002.

Sir Michael’s career as an actor spans six decades, working across theatre, radio, television and cinema.

Gambon’s iconic role in the television serial The Singing Detective won him his first of four Best Actor BAFTA TV Awards and roles in dramas such as Maigret made him a household name.

The controversial The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Oscar winner The King’s Speech also rate highly among his films, while British and Hollywood hits include The Wings of the Dove, Mary Reilly, Sleepy Hollow, Layer Cake, Michael Mann’s The Insider, Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd.

His most recent film role was in Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, which will be released in the UK in January. He is currently on stage starring in All That Fall at The Arts Theatre.

Jude Law will pick-up the Variety Award which recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.

The Variety Award was received last year by Kenneth Branagh and has previously been awarded to Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.

Law has worked with some of the world’s most respected filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg (AI: Artificial Intelligence); Martin Scorsese (Hugo and The Aviator); David Cronenberg (eXistenZ); Sam Mendes (The Road To Perdition); Steven Soderbergh (Contagion) and Clint Eastwood (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil).

He shot to international prominence with his performance as Dickie Greenleaf in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr Ripley, for which he was nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards, and was awarded a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. He again received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his role in Minghella’s Cold Mountain.