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Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson in Queen Elizabeth II's 2018 Birthday Honors List!

Love Actually (and Jane Austen Movies) stars Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice 2005) and Emma Thompson (Sense And Sensibility 1995) made Queen Elizabeth II's 2018 Birthday Honors List! They will be awarded by Queen Elizabeth (whose official Birthday is today) herself at Buckingham Palace. Keira is being awarded OBE, known as Officer of the Order of the British Empire and Emma will soon be a dame as she's been awarded a Damehood (DBE) known as Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire (Previous P&P Damehood Honorees: Dame [she was awarded OBE in 1970, DBE in 1988, and CE in 2005] and Dame [OBE in NY Honours in 2004 and DBE in Queen's 2016 Birthday Honours ]. Also, Brenda Blethyn was awarded for OBE in 2003, the Queen's New Year's Honour List).  Emma will be receiving her damehood for her services to Drama while Keira's receiving hers for her services to Drama and charity (Keira has partnered with these charities: Comic Relief, WaterAid, Women's Aid, Unicef, and Oxfam. She's also the face of Amnesty International Human Rights Campaign).

The queen's honors list, published late Friday by Britain's Cabinet Office, includes many receiving honors for merit, service and bravery. The awards will be given out by the queen or a senior royal acting in her place during investitures at Buckingham Palace later this summer. (USA Today)

Read UK's Independent article focusing solely on Miss Knightley below...
Love Actually star Keira Knightley awarded OBE

Keira Knightley has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and will receive an OBE for her services to drama and charity.

The royal honour comes more than 15 years after the twice Oscar-nominated film star scored her breakthrough role as a football-loving teenager in Bend It Like Beckham.

Since then, Knightley, 33, has gone on to star in several blockbuster films, and has made a name for herself as one of the most recognisable faces in big screen period dramas.

While she had enjoyed a few minor roles prior to Gurinder Chadha’s critically acclaimed romance-comedy, such as parts in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, psychological thriller The Hole and a brief appearance in TV series The Bill, it was the football film that put her on the map.
The following year Knightley achieved global fame as Elizabeth Swann in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom at the age of 17.
She went on to reprise the role in three other films in the franchise, including a cameo in the most recent effort Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017.

Several months after her Pirates debut in 2003, Knightley’s status as a film star was cemented when she appeared in Richard Curtis’s star-studded Christmas rom-com Love Actually.

Often considered a quintessential English rose character, Knightley has portrayed women from across several centuries in a number of period dramas.

Knightley’s most famous roles are perhaps as Elizabeth Bennet in the 2005 big-screen version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, as 1930s’ character Cecilia Tallis in 2007’s Atonement and Bletchley Park cryptanalyst Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game in 2014, set in the Second World War. Other period drama movies on her CV include wartime romance The Edge Of Love, Anna Karenina – based on Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel of the same name, A Dangerous Method, a historical film set in the early 1900s, 18th century royal drama The Duchess, and 2004 historical adventure film King Arthur.
The actress has also appeared in action crime film Domino (2005), Kazuo Ishiguro-based dystopian drama Never Let Me Go (2010), and star-studded 2016 drama Collateral Beauty.

Knightley was first nominated for an Oscar in 2006, as best actress for Pride & Prejudice, and again for best supporting actress for The Imitation Game in 2015.

She has also been nominated for two Baftas, for Atonement and The Imitation Game.
Away from the big screen, Knightley has appeared in a handful of theatrical productions, including Broadway’s Therese Raquin in 2015 and the West End production of The Misanthrope, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination.

Knightley’s charity efforts have been under the spotlight over the years, and she has been the face of an Amnesty International human rights campaign.

She has also partnered with Oxfam, Women’s Aid, WaterAid, Comic Relief and Unicef.

Read a full list here: Birthday Honours: The Prime Minister's List (CSV) which feature a few A-List stars Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, and Tom Hardy.

Also, Emma Thompson from the Britain's Cabinet Office's Press Release:

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson is one of the UK’s most versatile and celebrated actresses. She is the only person to have won Academy Awards for both acting and writing, having won the Best Actress Award for Howards End, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. She is the only British actress to be nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award and Golden Globe Award in the same year for her achievements in The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father. She has demonstrated her ability to move seamlessly between multiple media, winning critical acclaim for her work in the art film world, mainstream Hollywood, TV and, most recently musical theatre.



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