Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours List has been released, and British actress Kristin Scott Thomas has been made a Dame. Scott Thomas, age 54, will be given the damehood in recognition of her astounding acting career, which has included hit films like The English Patient, Gosford Park, Nowhere Boy and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Scott Thomas said she was “thrilled, astonished and worried that I might suddenly wake up” when she first heard the news as she simply couldn’t believe it.
Interestingly, Kristin Scott Thomas is already an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and was also awarded the Legion d’Honneur in France in 2005, a country she has lived in since she was 19. She speaks French fluently, and even dubbed her parts in Random Hearts and Four Weddings and a Funeral into French.
In recent years, Scott Thomas has made more than a few movies in France, a country, she says, that values older women and doesn’t have the same kind of sexism and ageism in films that is unfortunately still seen in the American film industry.
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