Samantha Morton is to be honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship.

The 46-year-old actress - who has starred in movies such as 'Emma' and 'Minority Report' - will be presented with the award at the upcoming EE BAFTA Film Awards next week in recognition of her contribution to British cinema over the course of her career.

Samantha said: "As a proud BAFTA member I am honoured, profoundly humbled and grateful to BAFTA for giving me this award."

Anna Higgs, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, added: "Samantha Morton is a mesmerising storyteller with incredible range. She has made an extraordinary impact on the British film industry – consistently shining a light on complex characters and championing underrepresented stories.

"On-and-off screen, she always works to break down societal barriers and change the make-up of the screen industries for the better - often against great odds.

"Samantha is hugely respected by her peers in Britain and Hollywood alike for her versatility, talent and passion for the craft of acting, and we are delighted to be honouring her exceptional body of work at the EE BAFTA Film Awards next week."

The actress will accept the honour at the ceremony which will be hosted by David Tennant at London's Southbank Centre on 18 February.

She follows in the footsteps of previous honourees to have received BAFTA's highest award including Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Judi Dench, Martin Scorsese and Dame Helen Mirren.

'Oppenheimer' looks set to be the big winner at the film awards as the historical blockbuster leads with 13 nominations. Christopher Nolan could be set to secure his first win in nine nominations when he contends for the Best Director prize while the atomic bomb saga is also up for the coveted Best Film gong with other nods going to its stars Cillian Murphy (Leading Actor), Robert Downey Jr. (Supporting Actor) and Emily Blunt (Supporting Actress).

Joining 'Oppenheimer' and 'Poor Things' in the Best Film category are 'Anatomy of a Fall', 'The Holdovers', and 'Killers of the Flower Moon'.