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BAFTA to Host ‘A Life In Television’ with Julie Walters

4 November 2014
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2014BAFTA/Chris Floyd

New live event strand launches with career celebration on Wednesday 3 December

London, Wednesday 5 November: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that Julie Walters CBE, the multi-BAFTA-winning actress, will discuss her career and craft at a special ‘BAFTA A Life in Television’ event at BAFTA headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Wednesday 3 December. The event is sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management.

‘BAFTA A Life in Television’ is a new strand of live onstage events that will celebrate leading figures from the world of television, shining a light on their talent and their contribution to British television and culture. 

The event with Julie Walters follows the announcement of an hour-long television special on Walters, co-produced by BAFTA Productions and Whizz Kid Entertainment, which will be broadcast on BBC Two at Christmas time.

Andrew Newman, Chair of the BAFTA Television Committee, said: “We’re delighted to be launching a new strand of Television events, ‘BAFTA A Life in Television’ and doubly delighted that Julie Walters, one of the UK’s most celebrated performers, has agreed to be our first subject.

“Each event will create the opportunity to hear first-hand from a major creative force within television, and to celebrate their career and showcase their body of work. We are aiming to produce three each year and look forward to announcing further names for 2015 shortly.”

Julie Walters has worked as an actress for over 30 years and continues to impress audiences and critics alike with a range of outstanding performances across disciplines – television, film and stage – and genres, from serious drama to comedy. Over the course of her career she has earned many awards including six BAFTAs for acting roles, a BAFTA Special Award, a BAFTA Fellowship, a Golden Globe, an Olivier and two International Emmys, as well as two Oscar nominations.

Walters started her career working with comedienne Victoria Wood, with whom she hosted their series, Wood and Walters, as well as the BAFTA-winning sketch series, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV. Since then, Walters has gone on to become an internationally recognised television and film icon. Her ability to adapt her craft across myriad roles is proven by performances in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Dinnerladies, The Jury, A Short Stay in Switzerland and Mo, for which she won the Leading Actress BAFTA in 2010 for the titular role. In 2014, Walters was named a BAFTA Fellow, in recognition of her outstanding and exceptional contribution to the moving image industries.

Early next year, Walters will star in Channel 4’s 10 part epic period drama Indian Summers, which tells the story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience.

Public tickets for ‘BAFTA A Life in Television: Julie Walters’ will go on sale at 13:00 on Friday 7 November. To book tickets, go to BAFTA members can book tickets now.

Highlights from the event will be published on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel (

Event details:

‘BAFTA A Life in Television: Julie Walters’

Wednesday 3 December 2014 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

19:00    Champagne Taittinger Reception

19:30    Event commences

Julie Walters’ BAFTA awards and nominations:


2014     Fellowship

2010     Leading Actress – Mo (Television)

2004     Actress – The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath (Television)

2003     Actress – Murder (Television)

2003     Special Award (Television)

2003     Actress – My Beautiful Son (Television)

2001     Actress in a Supporting Role – Billy Elliot (Film)

1984     Actress – Educating Rita (Film)


2010     Leading Actress – A Short Stay in Switzerland (Television)

1999     Comedy Performance – Dinnerladies (Television)

1994     Actress – Wide-Eyed and Legless (Television)

1992     Actress in a Supporting Role – Stepping Out (Film)

1988     Actress in a Leading Role – Personal Services (Film)

1987     Light Entertainment Performance – Victoria Wood As Seen On TV (Television)

1984     Most Promising Newcomer to Film – Educating Rita (Film)

1983     Actress – Boys from the Blackstuff/Say Something Happened (Television)

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