Jude Law, Michael Gambon to be honoured by BIFA

'Harry Potter' actor Gambon to receive the Richard Harris award at the bash

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Jude Law and Michael Gambon are to be honoured at this year's British Independent Film Awards.

The Sherlock Holmes actor will receive the Variety award for helping to promote the UK film industry to an international audience. Previous recipients include Helen Mirren, Michael Caine and last year's winner Kenneth Branagh.

Meanwhile, Michael Gambon will be honoured with the Richard Harris award for "outstanding contribution" to British film. The actor, who has a career spanning over 60 years, famously stepped into Harris' shoes when he took over the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series following his death.

The Richard Harris award was introduced to the ceremony 10 years ago as a tribute to the legendary Irish actor, best known for playing King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot.

Past recipients of the Harris award include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Jim Broadbent, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter and 2011 winner Ralph Fiennes.

Michael Gambon can next be seen in Quartet, directed by American actor Dustin Hoffman. The film about retired opera singers will be released in the UK on January 4 2013. The actor is currently on a West End stage starring in All That Fall at the Art's Theatre in London.

The 15th annual British Independent Film Awards takes place at London's Old Billingsgate on December 9.

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