Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings And A Funeral) leads a host of film and TV stars recognized in the Queen’s annual New Year’s list. The actress, who is about to play the Queen in stage play The Audience, has been made a dame.
Other prominent figures to be honored include John Hurt (Alien), who becomes Sir John Hurt following his knighting, Emily Watson (Breaking The Waves), James Corden (Into The Woods) and Sheridan Smith (Gavin And Stacey) will be appointed OBE’s (Officers of the British Empire), while Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me) becomes an MBE (Member of the British Empire).
Joan Collins (Dynasty) has been made a Dame of the British Empire on the overseas list for her services to charity.
In a separate development, the BBC announced it was delaying the broadcast of a documentary Reinventing The Royals “until later in the new year while a number of issues including the use of archive footage are resolved”. The two-part program, which looked at the controversial tactics used by Prince Charles’ former PR rep Mark Bolland, had been set to air January 4.
Reports led by the Radio Times have alleged that the BBC pulled the broadcast after pressure from lawyers representing the royal family. Reinventing The Royals reputedly offered an look at the tactics used by Bolland, who severed all ties with the royal family in 2003, to boost Prince Charles’ public appeal after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.