Kenneth Branagh

Knights and Actors

Several famous faces of the acting world were celebrated in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List, along with a few other additions.

Kenneth Branagh, the man who is sadly probably known rather more for his role as Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter series than for his illustrious career as a Shakespearean actor in a range of highly commendable roles, was finally recognised with a knighthood for his services to acting and to the community in Northern Ireland, which made him feel “humble, elated, and incredibly lucky”. Alongside him was favourite English rose Kate Winslet, who, although she has taken several American roles lately, has always been known as one of the best British actress currently in film. Following her 2009 Oscar win for The Reader, she can now add a CBE to her list of achievements. She said that the honour “makes me very proud to be a Brit”.

A large range of others also received knighthoods in the list, with many recognised for their contributions to the Olympic effort. The most predictable of the lot was Gary Barlow, who must have been counting on receiving this OBE after arranging the official Jubilee song and also helping with the Queen’s birthday concert. He is recognised for his services to entertainment and charity, and was quoted as saying: “I enjoy every minute of the work I do, with a lot of it being a reward in itself, so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is just amazing.”

Another name of note attracting an OBE is Sarah Burton, the current lead designer at the fashion brand Alexander McQueen since the eponymous founder’s death by suicide. She was of course the designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress last year – and to be honest, those lace sleeves did merit the OBE in themselves.

Rhiannon D'Averc

Rhiannon is a professional writer specialising in a wide range of topics, in particular the world of film. She is also a keen photographer with countless outdoor shoots under her belt.

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