Imelda Staunton to be honoured with CBE at Buckingham Palace


Vera Drake actress Imelda Staunton will receive a CBE at Buckingham Palace on Friday for services for drama.

A star of the stage and screen, Staunton has won four Olivier Awards, as well as a Bafta for best actress in a leading role and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress.

File photo of Imelda Staunton

She was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for her titular role in Vera Drake, about a working class woman performing illegal abortions in the 1950s.

Imelda is better knowns with younger audiences for her portrayal of Dolores Umbridge in two Harry Potter films, as well as Mrs Blatherwick in Nanny McPhee and in 2014 she gave her voice to Aunt Lucy in the big screen version of Paddington.

Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House

She is married to Downton Abbey star Jim Carter and they have one daughter, Bessie.

Also being recognised at the investiture ceremony is art historian Sir Roy Strong, who is appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) for services to culture

File photo of Sir Roy Strong

He has served as director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Former England football player Francis Lee, who also played for Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Derby County, will receive a CBE for services to football and charity, as will Romanian concert pianist Radu Lupu, for services to music.

File photo of Francis Lee

Conductor Steuart Bedford will be honoured with an OBE for services to music, while violinist Alina Ibragimova will receive an MBE.

Julia Samuel, founder patron and trustee of charity Child Bereavement UK, will receive an MBE for services to bereaved children.

Michael and Julia Samuel arrive with Earl Grosvenor (left to right) at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

Julia, who was a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, is a godmother to Prince George.