But don’t go calling him Sir Kevin just yet!
The special award, which is reserved for non-Britons, means he has the recognition but can’t use the title “Sir.”
Spacey, who has been the artistic director for the Old Vic Theatre in south London for more than a decade, said he felt “humbled by such recognition from the Queen, and thanked the British public for being “so supportive of my efforts on behalf of the Old Vic.”
The two-time Oscar winner said he felt like an “adopted son” in Britain.
Someone who can use the title outright, however, is singer Van Morrison, who was knighted along with comedian Lenny Henry.
“Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honor to now have that body of work recognized in this way,” Morrison told the BBC.
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Eddie Redmayne also received a special award. The London-born actor, who won an Oscar for his starring role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) honor, while fellow actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, of Twelve Years a Slave,, received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire honor.
The Queen’s honors list is published twice a year – at the New Year and on the Queen s official birthday, which was observed Saturday in the annual Trooping the Colour pageant – but the ceremonies in which knights kneel in front of a member of the royal family take place throughout the year.
Prince William has been carrying out the duty on behalf of his grandmother for a few years now, joining his father Prince Charles and aunt Princess Anne in stepping in to help the monarch.
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