Cate Blanchett is to be awarded the BFI Fellowship at Banqueting House in London on October 17.

The 46-year-old actress - whose film credits include starring roles in the Woody Allen-directed 'Blue Jasmine' and the 2004 hit 'The Aviator' - has been named as the next recipient of the BFI's highest honour.

Greg Dyke, chairman of the BFI, said: ''Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles.

''We are absolutely delighted to honour her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year's LFF awards.''

Cate has been handed the award on account of her captivating on-screen performances across the course of her career, which has seen her collect two Academy Awards and three BAFTAs.

The night she receives the BFI Fellowship will also see Cate's new movie TRUTH have its UK premiere.

The movie is based on the book 'Truth and Duty' by Mary Mapes, which looks at the risks the award-winning journalist took to expose a story on the then US President George W. Bush.

Cate plays the central role in the movie, while Robert Redford appears in the part of Dan Rather.