John Hurt has received two Oscar nominations for his roles in Midnight Express and The Elephant Man
Veteran actor John Hurt has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours.
The 74-year-old was appointed for his services to drama after a career lasting more than five decades.
Actress and writer Joan Collins has been made a dame, along with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, TV presenter Esther Rantzen, actress Kristin Scott Thomas and fashion designer Mary Quant.
TV actors James Corden and Sheridan Smith also become OBEs for services to drama.
Corden, who rose to fame in Alan Bennett’s History Boys, said he was “thrilled, overwhelmed and honoured to be recognised in such a way”.
“My family are very proud. My mum is already fretting about what to wear.”
Hurt’s career has seen him go from a bit part in TV series Z Cars to Oscar-nominated actor for his roles in 1978’s Midnight Express and 1980’s The Elephant Man.
He was recently seen on the small screen in Doctor Who as the mysterious “War Doctor”.
Dynasty actress Joan Collins was recognised for her services to charity
Esther Rantzen set up children’s charity ChildLine in the 1980s after highlighting the issue of child abuse on her TV show That’s Life!
Collins, who is best known for her role as Alexis Carrington in the 1980s US soap Dynasty, was made a dame for her services to charity.
The 81-year-old is involved with a number of charities including the NSPCC, National Centre for Learning Disabilities, Action for Sick Children and The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.
Collins said she was “delirious, thrilled, excited and very honoured” about being recognised for her charity work.
“There’s nothing to compare to being a Dame and getting that kind of …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment