Kevin Spacey handed royal honour
Published 03/11/2010 | 15:30
Kevin Spacey stressed the importance of the arts as he was awarded an honorary CBE for his services to drama.
The 51-year-old star of a string of blockbusters such as American Beauty and The Usual Suspects received his award from the Prince of Wales at a private ceremony in Clarence House, central London.
The Oscar winner has been artistic director of London's Old Vic theatre since 2003.
Kevin said: "I was hugely, hugely delighted that Prince Charles has awarded me the CBE, which the Queen has so generously given to me for my services to theatre."
Honorary awards are made to foreign nationals in recognition of exceptional service to the UK.
Kevin has attracted star names to appear at the Old Vic during his seven-year tenure and has regularly appeared in productions himself. The Southwark-based Old Vic is one of London's oldest theatres, having opened in 1818.
He said: "He (The Prince) was just extraordinarily generous about the work we've done at the Old Vic over these past seven seasons that I've dedicated myself to the revival of this brilliant, wonderful theatre and for all the belief that I have that arts and culture are a hugely important part of our lives."
The actor, who now lives in the capital, was briefly interrupted as a number of guards in ceremonial dress marched behind him.
He added: "Frankly for me to be standing here today in front of Clarence House having a rather British scene happen directly behind me makes me feel very happy and proud to call London my home."