Actor Sir Patrick Stewart joined the ranks of personal heroes Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud yesterday when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. (Hence the “Sir”.)
The 69-year-old, classically-trained actor is best known for his roles as Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Xavier in the X-men movies. Although he called the knighthood “an unlooked-for honor,” we think it’s been a long time coming.
“The knights of the theatre represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held,” Sir Patrick told BBC.
“To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me.”
Sir Patrick will also be chairing a jury and giving a talk at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.