Oscar-winning filmmaker and artist Sir Steve McQueen will be among a number of high achievers recognized with royal titles at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.
The director of 12 Years A Slave will receive a knighthood for his services to the arts and cinema.
For the biopic, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free American black man kidnapped and sold into slavery, Sir Steve won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture. made the first black film to do that.
The 52-year-old is also known for the 2008 historical drama Hunger and the 2011 film Shame.
In 2020, he released Small Ax, a series set in London’s West Indies community, and more recently directed Uprising, a three-part documentary series that explores key events in race relations in Brother.
Sir Steve won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1999 and was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to the visual arts.
He was an official artist of the Iraq war and his artwork Queen and Country honors British soldiers who died in the conflict by presenting their portraits in the form of a stamp.
Others recognized at Tuesday’s inauguration include Sara Rowbotham, a former paramedic who exposed a child sex abuse case in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and helped bring perpetrators to court. .
Miss Rowbotham, who is played by Maxine Peake in the BBC drama series about the scandal, Three Girls, will collect an MBE to serve young people.
Professor Sir Michael McBride, medical director of Northern Ireland, former England captain Gillian Coultard, and Gareth Horner, a volunteer with the RNLI of nearly five decades, will also receive the honor.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/director-sir-steve-mcqueen-to-receive-knighthood-at-windsor-castle-41447515.html Director Sir Steve McQueen receives knighthood at Windsor Castle