“Dynasty” star Joan Collins has been awarded the title of Dame by the Order of the British Empire, the Associated Press reports.
The honor is the female equivalent of knight. Collins, 81, was given the honor as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year’s honors list, and was recognized for her services to charity. Collins is a supporter of nonprofits that help children.
Collins said it was “humbling to receive this level of recognition from my queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful.”
Actress Kristin Scott Thomas was also made a dame. She’s scheduled to play Queen Elizabeth in a stage play called “The Audience” next year.
Scott Thomas said she didn’t immediately believe the news. “I am thrilled, astonished and worried that I might suddenly wake up,” she said.
Veteran actor John Hurt, who is known for his film and TV work on projects such as “The Elephant Man” and “Doctor Who,” was made a knight, while comic actor James Corden, who will be taking over “The Late Late Show” on CBS, was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Other honorees included two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson, who received the OBE, and music producer Peter Asher — half of the duo Peter and Gordon — who was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
The story notes: “In descending order, the main honors are knighthoods, CBE, OBE and MBE. Knights are addressed as ‘sir’ or ‘dame,’ followed by their name. Recipients of the other honors have no title, but can put the letters after their surnames.”
The list of those honored included more than 1,100 recipients, including an MBE for the country’s top arrowsmith as well as 103-year-old Fauja Singh, who started marathon running at the age of 89.