WATCH: Angela Lansbury says she "and Jessica" honoured by Rose d’Or Award

Lansbury has a career spanning seven decades

WATCH: Angela Lansbury says she "and Jessica" honoured by Rose d’Or Award

Angela Lansbury at the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards at the Theatre Royal in London | Image: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

British actress Angela Lansbury is to receive the Rose d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award in Berlin.

The award recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to entertainment throughout their careers.

The awards are organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and were first presented in 1961.

It was recently announced that former RTÉ chief Noel Curran is to become the organisation’s new director-general.

In a career spanning seven decades, Lansbury has demonstrated her versatility as an actress and singer in theatre, film and on television.

Lansbury has been nominated for an Academy Award after appearing in her first film, 'Gaslight' in 1944.

She also received Oscar nominations on two further occasions for 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1946) and 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962).

Her other notable film work includes classics such as Disney’s 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' from 1971 and 'Death on the Nile' in 1978.

Lansbury has also won several Tony Awards for her work in shows like 'Mame', 'Gypsy' and famously as the first actress to play Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s 'Sweeney Todd'.

Actress Angela Lansbury is made a Dame Commander by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 | Image:  Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images

But she is best known for her role as sleuth Jessica Fletcher on ‘Murder, She Wrote’.

The show is seen as one of the most successful and longest-running television shows in history.

It ran for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996. For her role as Jessica Fletcher, Lansbury holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations (10) and wins for Best Actress (4) in a television drama series and the most Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (12).

In recent years she has returned to theatre to take roles on Broadway in Gore Vidal's 'The Best Man', in an Australian tour of 'Driving Miss Daisy' and Noel Coward’s 'Blithe Spirit' in London’s West End, which was her first stage appearance in the city in nearly 40 years.

She has been awarded with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre as well as picking up an Honorary Academy Award in 2013.

Lansbury, who has a home in Cork, was also the recipient of the Volta Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Dublin International Film Festival.

The Rose d'Or has previously been given to John Cleese and Stephen Fry while Ricky Gervais and John De Mol have also been honoured in the past.

Lansbury, who will receive the award in September, says she "and Jessica" are honoured: