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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Helena Bonham Carter is to receive the Richard Harris Award for her contribution to British film when the British Independent Film Awards are handed out on December 5.
The Oscar-nominated, London-born actress, most famous for her roles in period drama "A Room With a View" and more recently as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films, joins previous winners including John Hurt and Daniel Day-Lewis.
She also stars in "The King's Speech," which leads the field at the awards with eight nominations, including best supporting actress for Bonham Carter.
The movie stars Colin Firth as King George VI struggling to overcome a debilitating stammer.
Irish actor Liam Neeson, nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Schindler's List," will pick up the Variety Award recognizing an actor, director, writer or producer who helps focus the international spotlight on Britain.
Previous recipients include Michael Caine, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley.
Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison