Helena Bonham Carter worries receiving a lifetime achievement award signals the end of her career.

The 'Les Miserables' actress - who was honoured with the Dilys Powell Award at last night's London Critics Circle Film Awards (20.01.13) for her outstanding career in film - hopes that receiving the honour won't mean the end of great roles.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the awards ceremony in London's May Fair Hotel, she said: ''I just hope I carry on getting [great roles]. The only thing about getting this kind of award is it's a lifetime achievement award, and maybe it's a hint to stop. I just want another good job.''

The 46-year-old star revealed that the award was extra special as it meant she had won the approval of critics, who, she admits, actors notoriously dislike.

She said: ''It's very nice to be honoured by critics because they're our bête noires. We [actors] all hate critics because we always think they hate us, and then you get a nice one! Because they echo your own inner critic, I think that's why they hold so much importance or you give so much credence to them. It's nice to get an award rather than a bad review.''

Although she has starred in more than 70 films - including iconic roles in the 'Harry Potter' series, 'The King's Speech' and 'Great Expectations' - the mother-of-two insists its too difficult to pick her favourite role, because it would be ''like choosing a favourite child''.

She added, however: ''I loved doing Mrs. Lovett ['Sweeney Todd'] - she was great.''

Other stars who attended the awards ceremony included Emily Blunt, Samantha Barks, Tom Holland and Toby Jones.