A film based on the life of St Albans resident Philomena Lee has been nominated for four Bafta's.

Philomena which was released in cinema's in November tells the true story of her search for the long-lost son, who she had in Ireland as a teenager and was forced to give up for adoption by an American family.

She spent the next 50 years searching for him, later teaming up with journalist Martin Sixsmith to travel over the pond.

The 80-year-old moved to St Albans in 1958 where she married and had two children.

The movie is in the running for gongs for best film, outstanding British film and best adapted screenplay. It was written by Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, who stars as Sixsmith.

Judi Dench, who plays Philomena is nominated for best actress.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16.