Julie, who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, was described as "a wonderful ambassador" for Hyndburn by Councillor Ken Moss.
"The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour we can bestow, and Julie Hesmondhalgh is most definitely a worthy recipient," he said.
You can read the official release at the BBC website.
Honorary blogger Jo, who is on twitter @PickledJo and has a website here, reports that:
"The evening started with a couple of speeches including one by the Hyndburn Mayor. Julie then signed the book to become and Honorary Freeman of the Borough and was presented with a framed certificate and flowers..
Julie's speech was lovely, where she thanked everyone from her family, school, college, drama teachers, friends, pubs and local record shops.
Then there was a 'This is your Life' styled presentation and acts from some local schools including cheerleaders throwing each other into the air and doing back-flips, some 'Stomp' style drumming, a short play by pupils from Accrington Academy and Students from St Christopher's High School performing The Lion king.
The Life of Hayley Cropper in 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Great little actors with a fabulous quirky script.
The show ended with Julie giving all the performers a fabulous motivational speech about keeping up their creativity, no matter what stands in their way.
A lovely night for a lovely 'local lass'. She gave away that she has a Lancashire Rose tattooed on her stomach, but it looks more like a rhododendron bush after having her 2 daughters!.
And my favourite quote of the night was that Julie has to be a believable actor to be a woman playing a man playing a woman."
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