Thandie Newton leads celebrities on New Year’s Honours list as she receives an OBE for services to film.
Thandie Newton is set to receive an OBE for services to film and charity, as she led the stars on The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
The Line Of Duty and Crash star joins fellow actress Sophie Okonedo, Monty Python star Michael Palin and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan in being awarded for their various contributions to arts and charity.
Thandie’s honour comes after she was awarded an Emmy earlier this year for her role as host Maeve Millay in the HBO hit Westworld.Thandie first rose to public attention in the 1990s with roles in films such as Interview With A Vampire, Jefferson in Paris and Beloved.The 46-year-old earned critical acclaim for her role in 2004’s Crash, which famously won the Oscar for Best Picture – beating out favourite Brokeback Mountain.
Following on from various other film roles, Thandie began appearing in Westworld in 2016, and was also nominated for a BAFTA in 2018 for her performance as corrupt DCI Roseanne ”Roz” Huntley in Line Of Duty.After receiving her Emmy earlier this year, Thandie said: ‘I don’t believe in God, but I’m going to thank her tonight.’
She joins several other stars who are to be honoured for their work in 2019, including actress Sophie Okonedo, who will receive a CBE for services to drama.
The 50-year-old was already made an OBE in 2010, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for Hotel Rwanda.And despite many fans insisting he is long overdue an Oscar for Best Director, Christopher Nolan will receive an CBE for services to film.
The British film-maker famously fronted the acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy and the war epic Dunkirk.
Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has also been awarded a OBE for services to drama, and the actor explained the greatest part of the honour was seeing the reaction of his 99-year-old mum.
He said: ‘I’m hoping for a 2019 of good news and kindness. It seems perilous times and it would be good to get a bit of kindness, sanity and good cheer back into the world.’Also among the stars set to receive the top honour was iconic 60s supermodel Twiggy, who will receive a Damehood for services to fashion, the arts and charity.
Speaking about the prestigious honour she said: ‘It’s a very nice, warm feeling, and obviously I am very honoured. The hardest thing has been keeping it a secret.
‘I’m a very proud Brit, I feel I’m an ambassador for Britain, I always have… My only sadness with this is my mum and dad aren’t here to know. They’d have been so proud.’Monty Python star Michael Palin, 75, will also receive a knighthood, for services to travel, culture and geography, having spent almost 40 years making various documentaries of his round-the-world exploits.
He said: ‘That exposure to travellers has taught me a lot about the importance of understanding other people’s points of view and learning from other people’s lives and other people’s cultures, as well as them learning from ours…
‘[I] may just have a quiet celebration, just myself and a glass of Horlicks and then go to bed.’
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, 74, was also awarded a CBE for services to music, along with TV presenter Chris Packham who was honoured for services to nature conservation.