Her life story has been told in various documentaries over the years, most notably Asif Kapadia's 2015 film 'Amy'.

However, after much speculation, it has been announced that a big budget biopic based on the London soul singer's life has been given the green light.

'Back to Black' will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the woman behind films like John Lennon biopic 'Nowhere Boy' and 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

It has the backing of Winehouse's family and will be produced by Studiocanal, with a screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh - writer of the aforementioned 'Nowhere Boy', as well as 'Control', the 2007 film based on the life of Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

Continuing the musical link, one of the film's producers is Alison Owen, who is Lily Allen's mum.

A biopic was previously mooted last year, based on Daphne Barak's 2010 biography 'Saving Amy', but her father Mitch Winehouse strongly opposed the possibility, saying it was "100 per cent not allowed”.

There's no word yet on who will take the role of the famous singer, who died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning. Casting is expected to begin soon.