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From now on he's Sir Kenneth

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LONDON -- Kenneth Branagh, who has played royalty on stage and screen, has been made a real-life knight by Queen Elizabeth II.

The British actor said he was pleased to be honoured in the year of the queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. He said that "it's been a hell of a year for the U.K. and I feel very honoured to be a tiny part of it."

Belfast-born Branagh was knighted at a Buckingham Palace ceremony Friday for services to drama and for his charity work in Northern Ireland.

Best known as a Shakespearean actor and as TV detective Wallander, Branagh joins the pantheon of theatrical knights alongside the late Sir Laurence Olivier -- whom Branagh played in My Week With Marilyn.

He has also directed films including Henry V.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 10, 2012 G3

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