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Luther star Idris Elba is rounding off 2015 on a high note, having been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for service to drama. And he’s chuffed.

Each year the Queen releases a list of honorees as part of the New Year celebration. This year’s list also included fellow actors David Oyelowo (Selma) and James Nesbitt (The Missing).

Of course, we’d like to congratulate everyone who was recognized, but we’re putting a spotlight on Elba, who stayed true to form with a very genuine response, saying, “This is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now. What a year. On me head son!”

If you don’t speak British, the expression he used at the end of his statement loosely translates to him being blown away.

Oyelowo gave a shout out to the royal family, saying, “To be honored by the Queen in this way having been aided by her son’s charity feels like a beautiful full-circle moment.” The actor is referring to the Prince’s Trust performance grant he won at 18-years-old.

Nesbitt spoke to the BBC about being recognized and representing Northern Ireland, saying, “I left Northern Ireland a very long time ago, but I am very much a Northern Irish boy at heart.” You can watch the BBC interview here.

The Guardian has the full list of honorees.

Again, congratulations! 

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Filed Under: Idris Elba, OBE
By Brigid Brown