Catherine Zeta-Jones gets knighted
The Mask of Zorro beauty has been made a Commander in the Order of the British Empire. The Welsh actress is among the 975 entertainers and military heroes who were recognised for their achievements.entertainment Updated: Jun 13, 2010 02:29 IST
The 40-year-old actress who left the UK for Hollywood more than a decade ago, is the surprise recipient of the knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, reported Daily Mail online.
The Welsh actress was among 975 entertainers, sports stars and military heroes who were recognised for their achievements in the final honours list of the last government.
"I am absolutely thrilled with this honour. As a British subject, I feel incredibly proud, at the same time it is overwhelming and humbling. And my mum and dad are delighted beyond belief," said the actress.
She will receive the honour from the Queen in a gala ceremony later this month.
The Mask of Zorro star began her career from domestic television and went onto join the A-list of Hollywood and amassed a fortune of 200 million pounds with her filmstar husband Michael Douglas.
Her CBE was awarded for services to the film industry and to charity.
Zeta-Jones makes regular returns to Britain and is a patron of The Children's Hospital for Wales.