Oscar-winning director Sir Sam Mendes to be knighted at Windsor Castle

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And film director Sir Sam Mendes will be knighted at Windsor Castle on Tuesday along with many famous faces, including entertainment stars, political stalwarts and a close royal aide.

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Cinema heavyweights are being recognized for their services to drama at a ceremony hosted by the Princess Royal, while small screen stars including Wicker of Dibli co-writer Paul Mayhew-Archer and Emmerdale theme tune producer Tony Hatch will also receive the honor.

Sir Sam won Best Director at the Oscars in 1999 for his debut film, American Beauty, and he co-wrote, directed and produced the Oscar-winning 1917 in 2019, which was inspired by his grandfather’s World War I stories.


Next autumn marks her first foray into solo screen writing, with the release of Empire of Light starring Olivia Colman.

BAFTA-winning British director Sir Sam Mendes being knighted for services to drama (Ian West/PA) , PA Archive

Set in the 1980s on the south coast of England, the film will also be directed by Sir Sam with cinematographer Roger Deakins and producer Pippa Harris.

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Meanwhile, 68-year-old Mayu-Archer, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011, will be made an MBE for services to people living with the disease after presenting an award-winning BBC comedy documentary about his experience in 2016.

Hatch, 82, whose songs have been featured in more than 100 films and countless TV productions, while being performed by stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton and Dame Shirley Bassey, have contributed to music and charity services. Will collect an OBE for

Oboeist Professor Nicholas Daniel is being made an OBE for services to music, and trombonist Roy Williams is being made an MBE for services to jazz.

Paul Mayhew-Archer will collect his MBE for services to people with Parkinson’s disease (Ian West/PA) , PA Archive

Dr Ibrar Majeed, a surgeon who treated young victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack, will collect the MBE for services to healthcare and community development in the city.

Meanwhile, political power couple Sharon White and Robert Chote will be made Dame and Knight.

Dame Sharon, the first female president of the John Lewis Partnership and former boss of media watchdog Ofcom, is being recognized for her public service, while noted economist Sir Robert, former head of the Budget Responsibility Office, is honored for financial services. Policy.

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


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