The Crown actress gets Queen's honour

LONDON • An acting queen has been honoured by Britain's queen.

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

Colman, 45, was awarded the CBE to mark the sovereign's 93rd birthday, 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 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 (2018) and will next portray Queen Elizabeth in season three of The Crown (2016 to present).

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."

Television adventurer Bear Grylls, 45, who also leads the Scouts in Britain, was made an OBE for his services to young people.


Author Lee Child, 64, whose action hero Jack Reacher has been played on screen by Tom Cruise, received the CBE, as did fellow novelist Joanna Trollope, 75.

In the world of music, singers Elvis Costello, 64, and Feargal Sharkey, 60, were given the OBE, accepting establishment endorsements far from their punk roots.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline 'The Crown actress gets Queen's honour'. Print Edition | Subscribe