Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock writer Steven Moffatt, and versatile actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock, are both on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, published June 13.
Benedict Cumberbatch will receive the CBE — Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – for services to the performing arts and to charity.
Steven Moffat will get an OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, one step down from a CBE — for services to drama.
Moffatt commented in a video interview, “I never thought I would get something like this. I’m astonished and more thrilled than I ever thought someone like me would be. I’m not the least bit cynical, or the least bit trying to be cool about it. I’m just really, really happy.”
Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of BBC Wales, congratulated Moffatt: “We’re thrilled to see Steven’s creative brilliance being recognised today. Not only has he enthralled countless millions of viewers across the world, he has helped rocket-boost the Welsh creative sector, inspiring a new generation of talent here in Wales to make their mark on the global stage. “I’m so delighted to see his remarkable achievements being honoured.”
Also on the list are actor Eddie Redmayne, an Oscar-winner his year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, (OBE), and Paddington creator Michael Bond (CBE).
Chiwetel Ejiofor, of Twelve Years a Slave, a 2014 Oscar nominee, and with Cumberbatch part of the cast of Doctor Strange (due out in 2016), will get a CBE.
An honorary knighthood is bestowed on actor Kevin Spacey, outgoing artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London.
A total of 1,163 people received an award on the list, mostly for outstanding work in their communities whether in a voluntary or paid capacity.