"Star Trek" Star Patrick Stewart Knighted by Queen Elizabeth

6:40 PM, Dec 30, 2009   |    comments
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LONDON (AP) -- A captain becomes a knight as Britain's queen bestows her annual New Year's honors.

In "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Patrick Stewart's character, Jean-Luc Picard, is called captain. Now, Stewart himself can be called Sir Patrick. He's being knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

In New Zealand, the director of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, Peter Jackson, is receiving the same honor. He, too, is now a knight.

The director of "The History Boys," Nicholas Hytner, is being knighted.

Phyllida Lloyd, who directed the most financially successful British film of all time, "Mamma Mia!," has been named Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE.

Children's author Dick King-Smith, who wrote the book that became the movie, "Babe," is honored as an OBE, Order of the British Empire.


The Associated Press

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