The British actress was hailed at South Bank on Tuesday for a career that has spanned more than 50 years.
Other winners included low-budget British horror film, Monsters, a cross between a sci-fi disaster film and a romantic road trip shot and produced by the British director Gareth Edwards and a budget of around less than £20000. The film beat Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” and Clio Barnard’s “The Arbor” in the best film category.
The pop music award was won by Plan B, who accepted the prize from Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and Channel 4 drama, This is England ’86 also received an award,” despite competition from the popular BBC series “Sherlock” and E4′s “Misfits.”
Lord Melvyn Bragg hosted the awards, previously affiliated to ITV’s axed arts programme The South Bank Show. Other presenters included Sir Peter Hall and the artists Gilbert and George.
BBC sitcom Rev won the best comedy award, beating a series of online shorts in which Steve Coogan resurrected popular comedy character Alan Partridge.
The rapper and singer-songwriter, also known as Ben Drew, topped the charts with his acclaimed album “The Defamation of Strickland Banks,” and has also directed his first film called “Ill Manors.”