'I'm totally thrilled': Olivia Colman is awarded CBE in British Queen's birthday honours list

The Oscar-winning actress was among a number of stars and brave individuals to receive honours on Saturday

Olivia Colman is thrilled to have been awarded a CBE from the British Queen. REUTERS
Olivia Colman is thrilled to have been awarded a CBE from the British Queen. REUTERS

Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who will play Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, was honoured by the monarch on Saturday for her services to British drama.

Colman, 45, was awarded the CBE by the sovereign to mark her 93rd birthday, which is officially celebrated in Britain on the second Saturday in June.

Colman headed a list of stars – and everyday heroes – made commanders (CBE), officers (OBE) or regular members (MBE) of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the main order of chivalry.

"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," she said.

Colman won this year's best actress Academy Award for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite and will next portray Queen Elizabeth in season three of The Crown.

Of playing the two, she said: "I find the harder is Queen Elizabeth because everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like," she said.

"I am loving trying to play her."

Gong for Grylls

TV adventurer Bear Grylls, who also leads the Scouts in Britain, was made an OBE for his services to young people.

Author Lee Child, whose action hero Jack Reacher has been played on screen by Tom Cruise, received the CBE, as did fellow novelist Joanna Trollope.

Sarah Waters, famed for her novels including Tipping The Velvet was made an OBE.

In the world of music, singers Elvis Costello and Feargal Sharkey were both given the OBE, accepting establishment endorsements far from their punk roots.

Bear Grylls, Fitzimmons Creek and surrounding forest, Whistler, BC, Canada. Dan Barham / Discovery
Survival expert Bear Grylls was honoured by the British Queen for his services to young people. Dan Barham / Discovery

Songwriter Mitch Murray received the CBE. He penned UK number one hits including How Do You Do It?, I Like It and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde, along with US number ones I'm Telling You Now and The Night Chicago Died.

In sport, there were CBEs for former Manchester United chief executive David Gill and Philip Brook, the outgoing chairman of the All England Club which hosts the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Tony Allcock, the 17-times world bowls champion, received the OBE.

Scotland cricket captain Kyle Coetzer, former marathon world record holder Steve Jones, and the reigning Women's British Open golf champion Georgia Hall were given the MBE.

Snack supremo knighted

Boyd Tunnock, 86, who in 1956 invented Scotland's cherished Tunnock's Teacake chocolate-coated marshmallow and biscuit snack, was knighted. "I'll just have to make sure I live long enough to get used to it," the new Sir Boyd said.

Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry main business lobby group, was made a dame – the female equivalent of a knighthood.

Comedian and presenter Griff Rhys Jones received an OBE.

Bravery, service and achievement

The British honours system rewards individuals' bravery, service or achievement in their field.

Nimco Ali and Doctor Leyla Hussein, who were both victims of female genital mutilation as children, were given OBEs for their efforts in combating the practice.

Seven Holocaust survivors received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Holocaust education.

Some 1,073 people were on the birthday honours list, 75 percent of whom were rewarded for outstanding work in their local communities.

The oldest recipient was John Haymen, 100, while the youngest was 17-year-old Richard Collins. They both received the BEM for community services.

Published: June 8, 2019 09:01 AM


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