Star Trek into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch will receive a CBE at the Queen’s birthday honors this weekend.
The CBE will be awarded for his contributions in the field of drama.
A CBE is short for “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,” and “is given to those who have a prominent role at a national level in their field – in [Cumberbatch’s] case, drama.
However, it is a lesser title than a knighthood or damehood, which is awarded to those who have had a significantly long-running contribution in their area.”
The nomination has evidently ruffled some feathers, with some believing that Cumberbatch, at thirty-eight, is too young for the award, which is usually given to someone “towards the end of their careers.”