Actors Idris Elba and David Oyelowo received a high honor from Queen Elizabeth Tuesday (Dec.29) when both actors made the Queen’s annual New Year’s honor list.
Elba, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the Netflix original film Beast of No Nation and BBC’s Luther, was humbled by the honor.
“Awards and honors come in all shapes and sizes and all as significant as the other. But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now. What a year. On me head son!”
Elba said in a statement.
Oyelowo was also honored for his services to drama, found the honor to be a heartfelt. Long before his role as Dr. Martin Luther King in the Ava DuVernay directed film Selma, an 18-year-old Oyelowo received a grant from Prince Charles’ charity the Prince’s Trust, which allowed him to join a youth theater production his family couldn’t afford.
“To be honored by the Queen in this way having been aided by her son’s charity feels like a beautiful full-circle moment.”