Oscar-winning director Sir Sam Mendes is knighted at Windsor Castle


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Film director Sir Sam Mendes will be knighted Tuesday at Windsor Castle along with a range of famous faces including entertainment stars, political luminaries and a close royal adviser.

The cinema heavyweight will be recognized for his contributions to drama at a ceremony hosted by the Princess Royal, while small screen stars including Vicar Of Dibley co-writer Paul Mayhew-Archer and Emmerdale theme music creator Tony Hatch, also to be honored.

Sir Sam was named best director at the Oscars in 1999 for his first film, American Beauty, and he co-wrote, directed, and produced the Oscar-winning 1917 film, which was inspired by his grandfather’s stories about World War I.

Next fall marks his first foray into solo screenwriting with the release of Empire Of Light, starring Olivia Colman.

Bafta-winning British director Sir Sam Mendes is knighted for his contributions to the drama (Ian West / PA) / PA archive

The film is set on the south coast of England in the 1980s and is directed by Sir Sam in addition to cameraman Roger Deakins and producer Pippa Harris.

Meanwhile, Mayhew-Archer, 68, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011, is being named an MBE in Services for People with the Disease after presenting an award-winning BBC comedy documentary about his experience in 2016.

82-year-old Hatch, whose songs have featured in more than 100 films, countless television productions and performed by stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton and Dame Shirley Bassey, will collect an OBE for services to music and charity.

Oboist Professor Nicholas Daniel is named OBE for services to music and trombonist Roy Williams is appointed MBE for services to jazz.

Paul Mayhew-Archer will earn his MBE on services for people with Parkinson’s (Ian West / PA) / PA archive

Dr. Ibrar Majid, a surgeon who treated the young victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, will be collecting an MBE on healthcare and community development services in the city.

Meanwhile, the political power couple Sharon White and Robert Chote are made lady and knight.

Dame Sharon, the first female chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and former head of Ofcom’s media oversight, is recognized for her public service, while eminent economist Sir Robert, former head of the Office for Budget Responsibility, is recognized for his contributions to finance and politics.

After attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in 2018, Harry and Meghan’s former assistant Clara Loughran will return to the Queen’s Berkshire residence to become Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO ) to be appointed.


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