Kristin Scott Thomas Gets French Legion of Honor Award

Kristin Scott Thomas
Fabrizio Maltese

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The British dame had previously been a knight and was elevated as part of the traditional Bastille Day honors.

Kristin Scott Thomas has been named an officer of the Legion d’Honneur as part of France’s traditional Bastille Day honors.

It’s a promotion for the British actress, who had been named a knight in France a decade ago in the country where she has lived for over three decades.

She was also named a dame in her native U.K. this past March in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace and was previously awarded the country’s OBE in 2003.

She became famous Stateside starring opposite Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral and went on to receive Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for The English Patient.

Scott Thomas was among the more than 500 people to receive the French honor, a tradition on the country’s Bastille Day.

Screenwriter Jean-Loup Dabadie (A Simple Story) was named a commander, and French actor Gerard Jugnot (The Chorus) and composer Charles Dumot (Traffic) were named officers alongside Scott Thomas. Ballerina Aurelie Dupont and director Alexandre Arcady (24 Days) were knighted.

Bob Dylan and Harvey Weinstein are among Americans who have been given the prestigious award in the past.