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article imageStar Trek star Patrick Stewart is knighted at Buckingham Palace

By Paris Franz     Jun 2, 2010 in Entertainment
London - Actor Patrick Stewart, most famous for his roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men movies, was knighted on Wednesday by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Sir Patrick said his knighthood, first announced in the New Year Honours List, had been "an unlooked-for honour,” reports the BBC.
"But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theatre and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier [and] Sir John Gielgud," the actor said. "The knights of the theatre represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me."
The star, 69, said he would be celebrating his knighthood with Cecil Dormand, the teacher who first encouraged him to consider acting as a profession, reports the Press Association. "Although many people in my life and career have had great influence on me, without this one man, none of it would have happened. Because he was the one that put a copy of Shakespeare in my hand ...he was the one who said 'now get up on your feet and perform.'"
The Yorkshire-born actor has enjoyed a 50-year career in movies, television and the theatre, including 16 years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Queen is said to be a fan.
He returned to Britain and the theatre in 2004 after living in Los Angeles for more than 15 years. He subsequently won an Olivier award for his performance in Hamlet and this Christmas appeared opposite David Tennant in the televised version of the play, taking dual roles as Claudius and the ghost. He was also recently seen on the London stage appearing alongside fellow actor knight Sir Ian McKellen in Waiting for Godot.
Earlier this week it was announced that Sir Patrick would chair a jury and deliver a talk at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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