Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley named in Queen's Birthday Honours


The multi-talented star, Emma Thompson who has awards such as Oscars, Golden Globe, BAFTA, New York Film Critic Circle, Empire Award, British Independent Film, Critic’s Choice Movie, Writer’s Guild of America, etc under her belt will now be bestowed with damehood at the Buckingham Palace. The actress will be awarded the title of 'Dame' known as the dame commander of the order of the British Empire for her services to drama in this year's 'Queen's Birthday Honours'.

Joining the list of honoraries will also be Mad Max actor, Tom Hardy who will receive a CBE award, designating him a commander of the order of the British Empire. Tom Hardy has starred in films such as Inception, Dunkirk and The Dark Knight Rises.

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Keira Knightley known for films such as Pirates of the Carribean and Pride and Prejudice is made an OBE, i.e. officer of the order of the British Empire for services to drama and charity.

Also, on the list is Japan-born Nobel prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, knighted for his services to literature. He recently shared how he was “deeply touched to receive this honour from the nation that welcomed me as a small foreign boy”. He is best known for novels such as Never Let Me GoThe Remains of the Day and The Unconsoled.

Elsewhere in the arts, actor Gary Wilmot will be awarded an MBE for services to drama and charity along with director Kerry Michael, who recently stepped down from running Theatre Royal Stratford East. Caro Newling will be made an OBE.

The Birthday Honours list was released to the public earlier today which recognises British citizens for their services to their country and are the most high-profile awards made by the British monarch. The tradition dates back to 1860 when Queen Victoria awarded the first Birthday Honour. The honours are handed out twice a year, once at New Years and again on the Queen’s Birthday.