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CBE for King's Speech star Firth


Colin Firth has been awarded a CBE to go with his Oscar

Colin Firth has been awarded a CBE to go with his Oscar

Colin Firth has been awarded a CBE to go with his Oscar

The King's Speech star Colin Firth is heading to the palace just months after collecting an Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI.

The actor will receive his CBE after being recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

It caps a memorable year which saw Colin pick up a string of awards, most notably the Best Actor Oscar, for his performance as the stuttering monarch.

Meanwhile Sam Taylor-Wood - a Turner prize nominee who has won acclaim as a film director - said it was an "incredible honour" to be awarded her OBE in the latest list.

Sam, 44, has worked with photographs and video, including a famous work in which she filmed David Beckham asleep. The artist - who lost out to Chris Ofili when she was shortlisted for the Turner in 1998 - is also noted for Crying Men, a film in which a number of Hollywood stars are in tears.

Speaking of her award, she said: "It's such an incredible honour to receive this award - something I would never have dreamt of.

"It's very gratifying for an artist to get recognition at this level."

Sam won praise for her feature film debut Nowhere Boy in 2009, the story of the early life of John Lennon.

Singer Bryan Ferry, whose hits with Roxy Music include Love Is The Drug and Virginia Plain, receives a CBE in the list. "It is a great honour to receive this award for services to music," Ferry said.

Ex-EastEnder Brooke Kinsella, 27, gets an MBE for her campaign against knife crime, prompted by the murder of her 16-year-old brother Ben in 2008.

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