Tony Winner Cumming Appointed OBE; Lee Knighted
By Mark Shenton
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, the Scottish-born actor now resident in the U.S., was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, announced June 13, and veteran actor Christopher Lee received a knighthood, for services to drama and charity.
Lee, who has appeared in more than 250 film and TV productions, became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a host of "Hammer Horror" films. He has also appeared in such films as "The Wicker Man" and "The Man with the Golden Gun" and played Count Dooku in the "Star Wars” series and Suruman in "The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
An OBE is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Other actors favored by the Queen were Tony Award winners Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon) and Lindsay Duncan (Private Lives), who were named Commanders of the British Empire (CBE).
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