Stephen Frears will receive a BFI Fellowship at this year’s London Film Festival awards ceremony.
The institute's highest accolade is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television.
The 73-year-old director - known for films including High Fidelity, Philomena and Dangerous Liaisons - has worked in the industry for more than 40 years. He began his career in TV drama, working with writers such as Alan Bennett anad David Hare, before moving into the world of cinema in the Eighties. He has twice been nominated for best directing Oscars - for The Queen and The Grifters.
BFI Chairman Greg Dyke said: “Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike. He is one of the UK’s most important directors and we are delighted to honour him.”
Stephen Frears said: "I've spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at BFI Southbank. I am thrilled by this Fellowship."
Read our reviews of Stephen Frears' films here.