Sophie laughs at OBE medal mishap
Published 17/12/2010 | 15:16
Sophie Okonedo was left laughing with embarrassment when she had to retrieve her OBE medal from the feet of the Prince of Wales.
Charles also saw the funny side of the accident moments after he presented the honour to the Oscar-nominated performer for services to drama.
The star has won widespread acclaim for her portrayals of big, powerful characters and was shortlisted for a best supporting actress Academy Award in 2005 for her role in the film Hotel Rwanda.
But events conspired against her when she stepped forward to receive the award in Buckingham Palace's ballroom filled with the family and friends of other recipients.
The prince attached the OBE to a small hook pinned to the actress's dress as he has done many times before with thousands of other recipients but it fell off right at his feet.
Sophie said afterwards: "It feels really good to get the OBE but I dropped it on the floor. So that was a bit embarrassing. I'm just glad I didn't trip over."
Sophie was on screens during the summer in ITV1's acclaimed crime drama Father and Son.
And at the start of the year she appeared in a television biopic portraying Winnie Mandela and even donned fat suits to emulate her character's figure.
She said: "I feel really, really privileged to be here, especially as there are so many people who have done amazing things here.
"My Winnie Mandela part was my favourite ever I think. A character like her is such an iconic character and she has all the ingredients; you get the chance to play the whole gamut of emotions."