28 Celebs Who've Been Made a Knight or a Dame

May 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET
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Nabbing a knighthood or a damehood is no easy feat. Only a select group of high achievers in a variety of disciplines are chosen each year to receive the highest chivalric honors, the Knight Commander and Dame Commander, respectively. The honorees who received these titles have dedicated their lives to the arts, sciences, government work, humanitarian efforts and beyond. According to Awards Intelligence, "a knighthood or damehood can be presented for all types of different achievement, but usually the person nominated will have made a major contribution to the country at a national or international level; their work and achievements will be viewed as an inspiration to others; and they may have influenced their peers, industry or the nation through their sustained and outstanding commitment to their chosen area." This kind of democratic nomination process, wherein the honor is open to everyone, has allowed some Americans to earn the honor of knight or dame (although there is the caveat that, because they are not British citizens, they can't use "Sir" or "Dame" officially). 

But regardless of your nationality, to be awarded a knighthood or a damehood is a great honor. As one might expect, there's a certain level of notoriety and respect that comes with the title, as well as a kind of public reverence for your work. It's a sign you've achieved a unique kind of greatness that honors your life's work, and that's not too shabby if you ask us. 

While the people receiving the honors aren't always celebrities, we're more likely to hear about who is being honored in a particular year when a celebrity does accept this high honor. This was the case when, in March 2018, Variety reported that former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music. 

A fair amount of famous (frequently British) faces have come before Starr when it comes to getting a knighthood or damehood, but who are they? Keep clicking and see.

1 /28: Angelina Jolie

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1/28 :Angelina Jolie

2 /28: Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr is made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire in 2018
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2/28 :Ringo Starr

3 /28: Paul McCartney

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3/28 :Paul McCartney

4 /28: Elton John

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4/28 :Elton John

5 /28: Michael Caine

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5/28 :Michael Caine

6 /28: Patrick Stewart

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6/28 :Patrick Stewart

7 /28: Ronald Reagan

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7/28 :Ronald Reagan

8 /28: Judi Dench

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8/28 :Judi Dench

9 /28: Helen Mirren

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9/28 :Helen Mirren

10 /28: Joan Collins

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10/28 :Joan Collins

11 /28: Mick Jagger

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11/28 :Mick Jagger

12 /28: Elizabeth Taylor

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12/28 :Elizabeth Taylor

13 /28: Julie Andrews

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13/28 :Julie Andrews

14 /28: Bill Gates

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14/28 :Bill Gates

15 /28: Bono

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15/28 :Bono

16 /28: Ben Kingsley

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16/28 :Ben Kingsley

17 /28: Angela Lansbury

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17/28 :Angela Lansbury

18 /28: Maggie Smith

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18/28 :Maggie Smith

19 /28: Olivia de Havilland

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19/28 :Olivia de Havilland

20 /28: Kristin Scott Thomas

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20/28 :Kristin Scott Thomas

21 /28: Sidney Poitier

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21/28 :Sidney Poitier

22 /28: Laurence Olivier

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22/28 :Laurence Olivier

23 /28: Bob Hope

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23/28 :Bob Hope

24 /28: Anthony Hopkins

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24/28 :Anthony Hopkins

25 /28: John Hurt

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25/28 :John Hurt

26 /28: Roger Moore

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26/28 :Roger Moore

27 /28: Daniel Day-Lewis

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27/28 :Daniel Day-Lewis

28 /28: Kenneth Branagh

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28/28 :Kenneth Branagh