Colin Firth adds honour from the Queen to Oscar

LONDON Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:17am BST

Actor Colin Firth arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in New York, May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Actor Colin Firth arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in New York, May 2, 2011.

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LONDON (Reuters) - "King's Speech" actor Colin Firth was awarded an honour by the Queen on Saturday, joining more than 900 people from all walks of British life in the twice-yearly list.

Firth, who won a best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the stammering King George VI, the queen's father, in the Oscar-winning movie "The King's Speech" was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

The 50-year-old actor has become an international favourite since playing the aloof but alluring Mr Darcy in a 1995 television adaptation of the Jane Austen novel "Pride and Prejudice."

There were also awards for South African-born actress Janet Suzman, who becomes a "Dame," and for Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, who received a CBE.

Long-serving British light entertainment star Bruce Forsyth, 83, picked up a knighthood, while comic actors Bernard Cribbins, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden were all made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

There was also a CBE for lawyer Mark Stephens, currently defending WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange over a Swedish extradition request for alleged sexual misconduct.

In the world of sport, England cricket captain Andrew Strauss was awarded an OBE after leading the national side to two Ashes series victories over Australia, home and away.

Fellow England cricketer Alastair Cook, a prolific scorer during the recent series against Australia and in the current series against Sri Lanka, won a lesser award, an MBE, while there was a knighthood for horse trainer Henry Cecil.

Golfer Lee Westwood, until last month ranked the world number one, was awarded an OBE.

(Editing by Andrew Roche)

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