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         Thursday, 18 Dec 2014




Angelina Jolie made an honorary Dame

LONDON, June 14 -- Angelina Jolie has been made into an honorary Dame in Britain.

The 'Maleficent' actress was among the stars recognised in Queen Elizabeth's list of Birthday Honours for her dedication to campaigning against sexual violence and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

The 39-year-old Oscar-winning beauty, who is the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PVSI), said, "To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to.

Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honour in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine."

Angelina - who cannot be addressed as Dame because she is a foreign citizen - was in London with her fiancÚ Brad Pitt this week, leading a global summit on the issue.

Meanwhile, three-time Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, 57, received a knighthood "for services to drama."

He said, "[I'm] entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure."

'Downton Abbey' star Dame Maggie Smith, 79, was made a Companion of Honor, an award limited to 65 people "of distinction," while 'Homeland' actor Damian Lewis was "very surprised but very happy" to be named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Former 'Catatonia' singer Cerys Matthews and 'Torchwood' actor John Barrowman, 47, were among the famous names to receive Most Excellent Orders of the British Empire (MBE) honours.

The Welsh singer and BBC radio presenter, 45, said: "I am passionate about sharing music, through writing books, making documentaries and, of course, through the wonder that is radio, to an ever widening audience - and to receive recognition for this is incredible."


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