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Britain makes Angelina Jolie an honourary dame

Published on Jun 14, 2014 7:22 AM
US actress and special UN envoy Angelina Jolie delivers her speech on the fourth day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on June 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Angelina Jolie has been made an honourary dame in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list released on Friday, as Britain paid tribute to the Hollywood star for her efforts to combat warzone rape.

The American actress, who US Secretary of State John Kerry described as "a fierce and fearless advocate", leads a list of film idols, sports stars, authors and designers recognised for their services to the United Kingdom.

Daniel Day-Lewis receives a knighthood, while his fellow Oscar-winning film star Dame Maggie Smith - the star of TV period drama Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films - is made a companion of honour.

Jolie was given the female equivalent of a knighthood for her services to British foreign policy in her campaign to end sexual violence in conflict zones.

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