Julie Walters Lands Top Honor At South Bank Awards

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March 12, 2013 | 9:46pm EST

British actress Julie Walters was the toast of the U.K.’s South Bank Show Sky Arts Awards on Tuesday after scooping a top honor for her career achievements.
The Harry Potter star landed the Outstanding Achievement Award and was presented with the prize by her comedienne friend Victoria Wood at the ceremony, held at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
Accepting her honor, Walters told the audience, “I have loved my job. It has given me true joy, it’s given me my self esteem. I am not saying there haven’t been wobbles over 40 years, of course there have but not many. It’s allowed me to express myself and I am so grateful for that. I feel really fortunate. This is just a gorgeous cherry on a fabulous old cake.”
The latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, was named Best Film at the ceremony, while TV series Parade’s End, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, bagged the TV Drama honor.
Tom Hiddleston walked away with the Times Breakthrough Award and singer Jessie Ware picked up the Best Pop Music prize.