London -- Actress Sheila Hancock says she felt unworthy, but "very honored" to receive a special award at the 20th Women in Film and TV Awards in London.
Hancock, 77, said women's roles in television have been "totally transformed" since her career began, the BBC reported.
Hancock appeared in the shows "Bleak House," and "New Tricks."
Carey Mulligan won the award for best performance at Friday's ceremony.
Andrea Arnold won for best director. Jane Goldman won the writing prize.
"When I started in the business, there were no women in executive positions, no women producers or directors and certainly no camera women," said Hancock, who got her first big television break in the early 1960s.