Olivia Colman, this year’s winner of the Oscar for Best Actress, was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to British drama.
Colman’s honor was among many others given to celebrate the Queen’s 93rd birthday, officially celebrated in Britain on the second Saturday in June.
“I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be – and hopefully now will be,” said the actress.
No stranger to royalty
Colman won her Best Actress award for her portrayal of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, and one of her next portrayals will be of Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of Netflix’s The Crown, taking over from Claire Foy.
Between the two queens, Colman said she found Elizabeth harder to portray “because everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like,” but she is still “loving trying to play her.”
Around 1,073 people were on the birthday honors list, ranging from CBEs like Colman’s to officers (OBE) and members (MBE), recipients of the British Empire Medal (BEM), and of course knights and dames – the highest granted honors.
Some of the notable honored OBEs include TV adventurer Bear Grylls for his services to young people leading scouts in Britain, 17-time world bowls champion Tony Allcock, and singer Elvis Costello.
Jack Reacher author Lee Child was honored as a CBE, while seven Holocaust survivors received the BEM for services to Holocaust education. The oldest recipient was 100-year old John Haymen, also getting the BEM this time for community services.
Story and featured image from AFP.