Kingsley & Quilley Receive New Year's HonoursDate: 31 December 2001
LONDON - Ben Kingsley becomes Britain's latest actor knight in the New Year's Honours List announced today. While best known internationally for his Oscar-winning performance in the title role of Ghandi in 1982 and for his other roles in such films as Schindler's List, Kingsley has also had an extensive stage career, including leading roles for the RSC.
Also honoured with OBE's are Denis Quilley, 74, currently starring in Charlotte Jones's Humble Boy that transfers to the West End's Gielgud Theatre from the National Theatre in February, and Lynn Redgrave, 58, sister of Vanessa who recently seen in the West End in the transfer of the National's production of Noises Off, and prior to that appeared at the Haymarket in her own one-woman play, Shakespeare for My Father. Actress Miriam Maroyles, 60, most recently seen in The Vagina Monologues, also receives an OBE, as does Barbara Dickson, most recently seen in Spend Spend Spend.
From the pop world, the Bee Gees - Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb - all become CBE's. Their score to the film Saturday Night Fever became the basis of a stage musical, produced at the London Palladium and subsequently at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.
- Mark Shenton