Dumbledore actor Michael Gambon will be honored with the Richard Harris Award at this year’s British International Film Awards (BIFA). The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in the memory of it’s namesake (who also played Dumbledore.) Michael is the third Harry Potter star to receive this award, previously Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and John Hurt, Jim Broadbent and David Thewlis have been honored.

According to the press release:

Sir Michael Gambon’s career as an actor spans six decades, working across theatre, radio, television and cinema. Gambon’s iconic role in the television serial The Singing Detective won him his first of four Best Actor BAFTA TV Awards and roles in dramas such as Maigret made him a household name. The controversial The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; The Wings of the Dove; Mary Reilly; Sleepy Hollow; Gosford Park; Layer Cake; Charlotte Gray and The King’s Speech are just a few of the credits that have established Gambon as a leading light of the British film industry.

His work in Hollywood includes Michael Mann’s The Insider; Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd. Since staring in the Harry Potter franchise, Gambon is known by audiences of all ages around the globe. Sir Michael Gambon’s most recent film role was in Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet which will be released in the UK in January. He is currently on stage starring in All That Fall at The Arts Theatre.

The Awards will be held on December 9th in London.

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