The acting couple are planning a champagne celebration after both receive the royal honors

Olivier Award-winning star Adrian Lester and his wife Lolita Chakrabarti will celebrate with a vintage bottle of champagne at their family home after both receiving royal honors at Windsor Castle, the acting couple said.

The Trigger Point actor received a CBE, while Chakrabarti, who adapted the Booker Prize-winning novel The Life Of Pi for the West End, received an OBE during an investiture ceremony on Wednesday.

“It was really nice to get that. We found out we would be together and we’re very happy,” Lester said.

“I guess now I have to bow to (Adrian) every time I see him, or does he have to curtsy to me?” Chakrabarti joked.


Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti with daughter Jasmine Chakrabarti (Steve Parsons/PA)

“We have an old bottle of champagne that (Adrian) bought for me on an opening night and I kept thinking, ‘This must be something really special,’ so we’re going to open that.”

Paying tribute to his “amazing” Trigger Point colleague Vicky McClure, Lester said the cast was a “really fun bunch of guys” who kept the mood on set during long shoots.

He said the on-screen chemistry was real, explaining, “We have a trigger point WhatsApp group.

“They are brilliant, a really fun bunch and we really got along well.

“There’s a lot of sitting and standing around, so we made each other laugh and it lifted the spirits.”

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He added: “Vicky was fantastic. She was a great team leader. She was in almost every scene in every episode and she’s really, really good at setting the right tone for everyone on set.”


Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti with the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle (Yui Mok/PA)

Regarding other roles throughout his career, Lester said there were hidden similarities between many of the different characters he had played.

Both the heroic bomb disposalist Joel Nutkins, who Lester played in Jed Mercurio’s Trigger Point, and his impostor character in Hustle are “good guys,” the actor said.

“Even at Hustle, I think you wanted us to win because everyone we tried to cheat on was a bad person. We were like Robin Hoods, except we kept all the money and spent it on expensive suits.”

Lester appeared as Lord Randolph opposite Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots in 2018 and has won a Laurence Olivier Award, an Evening Standard Theater Award and a Critics’ Circle Theater Award for his work on the London stage.

Chakrabarti is an actor and writer whose work includes ITV’s Vera and a production of Hamlet directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh.

They were among 187 achievers honored at the ceremonies in Windsor hosted by the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal on Wednesday. The acting couple are planning a champagne celebration after both receive the royal honors

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