She’s already bagged an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA and now the year when Olivia Colman was showered with honours for her star turn as Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’ has got a royal seal of approval, too. The actress has been named a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Recognised under her real name of Sarah Sinclair, the acting star has been rewarded for services to drama. The CBE comes just months after Olivia Colman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the last Stuart monarch.
Speaking after the award was made public, Olivia Colman said she was ”thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people”, a nod to the other 1,072 people who have also received honours on the list which marks the Queen’s official birthday.
The founder of a charity very close to the heart of the Duchess of Cornwall is also recognised on this year’s list. Laura Lee helped set Maggie’s Cancer Centres of which Camilla is president. The organisation provides support and information for people living with the disease.
In the week in which the Queen led commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day there are also honours for those involved in supporting veterans and honouring the memory of those who lost their lives in conflict. Terence Whittles, the national chair of the Royal British Legion, is made a CBE while there is an MBE for Sidney Roffey of the British Evacuees Association. Historian Dan Snow, who has made TV and radio programmes about World War Two and D-Day, is also made an MBE.
There is also recognition for seven survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who now visit schools to tell their story and educate a new generation about the horrors of war in the hope that history won’t repeat itself. Walter Kammlering, Ernest Simon, Gabrielle Keenaghan, Ruzena Levy, Hans Vulkan, Ann Kirk and Bob Kirk are presented with British Empire Medals for their work.
The Cabinet Office Honours and Appointments Secretariat oversees the distribution of honours and the Queen informally approves the list.