Queen Elizabeth II is recognizing actors Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis in her Birthday Honors List.
The “Maleficent” star discovered she was to be named an “honorary dame” while she was co-chairing the international summit on sexual violence in London earlier this week.
Angelina Jolie will join other Americans like Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Ronald Reagan who were honored in the past. But like the former honorees, Jolie cannot use her royal title because she isn’t a British or Commonwealth citizen.
Aside from Jolie, Daniel Day-Lewis will be able to use “Sir” after being named a knight for his “services to drama.” He says of the honor: “I’m entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure” to receive the designation.
“Downton Abbey” Maggie Smith was made a Companion of Honor, which makes her one of only 65 people “of distinction” in the United Kingdom.
“Homeland” star Damian Lewis was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). He commented, “I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment.”
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