Earlier this year it was announced that Patrick Stewart was on this year’s list to receive a knighthood, and the ceremony making him Sir happened today at Buckingham Palace.
Stewart, knighted for his services to drama, gave credit to an English teacher, Cecil Dormand, who encouraged Stewart to act. “Although many people in my life have had great influence on me, without this man none of it would have happened,” he said.
Growing up, some of Stewart’s heroes were actors who had been knighted. “But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theatre and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier [and] Sir John Gielgud,” he said. “The knights of the theatre represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held.
“To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me.
Congratulations to Sir Patrick Stewart!