Joan Collins Made Dame, John Hurt Receives Knighthood

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Arise Dame Joan Collins and Sir John Hurt

The veteran British actors are among the stars honored in the Queen's traditional New Year's Honors list.

Actress and author Collins, best known for her role as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty and for being the older sister of author Jackie Collins, receives the award for her services to charity. The 81-year-old is involved with a number of children's charities in the U.K. Collins told the BBC that she was "delirious, thrilled, excited and very honored" about being recognized for her charity work.

"There's nothing to compare to being a Dame and getting that kind of accolade from my country and my Queen. I am very patriotic and quite a Royalist, so it is extraordinary," she told the BBC.

Hurt, 74, received the award for his services to drama following a career that has spanned more than five decades. The actor's resume includes classic films such as Alien, Midnight Express, The Elephant Man and 1984, and more modern fare such as V for Vendetta, Snowpiercer and roles in the Hellboy and Harry Potter franchises. Hurt also recently played the War Doctor in Doctor Who

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The English Patient actress Kristin Scott Thomas is also made a dame for services to drama. Coincidentally, Scott Thomas is set to play the Queen in a new version of Peter Morgan's play The Audience next year. 

"This is an immense honor that I could not believe was really for me. In fact, I thought someone was playing a trick. But it's true, apparently, and I am thrilled, astonished and worried that I might suddenly wake up!" Scott Thomas told the BBC. 

Collins and Scott Thomas join other acting dames, including Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Maggie Smith, Angelina Jolie and the late Elizabeth Taylor

Elsewhere, new 'Late, Late Show' host James Corden was made an OBE and two-time Academy Award nominee and four-time BAFTA Award nominee Emily Watson was also made an OBE, both for services to drama.

In the British honors system, an OBE is considered a lesser award than a knighthood or damehood, with the latter awards generally given for longer service.

Corden said he was "thrilled, overwhelmed and honored to be recognized in such a way. My family are very proud. My mum is already fretting about what to wear [to the ceremony]."