Tuesday 15 October 2019

CBE for Helena after Oscar letdown

Helena Bonham Carter has been honoured for services to drama
Helena Bonham Carter has been honoured for services to drama

Helena Bonham Carter said she decided to accept her CBE in "honour" of her late father who spent the last years of his life severely disabled after a routine operation went wrong.

The actress was named in today's New Year Honours list for services to drama.

She said: "I am thrilled though not sure that I deserve it. I always thought my father deserved a medal for facing 25 years of chronic disability with quiet daily heroism so I am delighted to accept such a wonderful honour in his memory."

Helena helped nurse her father Raymond after an operation in 1979 to remove a benign brain tumour left him quadriplegic and partially blind until his death in 2004.

Her trip to Buckingham Palace may go some way to make up for the disappointment of missing out on an Oscar for her portrayal of the Queen Mother in The King's Speech.

Helena joked that being given the honour could lead to changes at home, saying: "I am wondering, does it mean I get to command? Because at the moment it's my four-year-old daughter who does the commanding in our household. Must inform her of the change in situation."

David Harewood, who has been awarded an MBE in the list, has won plaudits for his roles on the big and small screen, as well as on stage.

One of his best-known TV roles was as Nelson Mandela opposite Sophie Okonedo in the BBC drama Mrs Mandela. His most famous film role was in the 2006 movie Blood Diamond, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.

Film-maker Murray Grigor said he felt "privileged" to receive a New Year Honour. The 72-year-old receives an OBE for services to architecture and to the film industry.

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