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Angelina ‘wants to use dame title’

Angelina Jolie is reportedly looking for ways to use her new 'dame' title.

The 39-year-old actress was a surprise addition to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list over the weekend, where she was made a dame in tribute to her humanitarian work.

However, because she hails from America she won't be able to use the title. With this in the mind, it's claimed the star is in talks with Namibia to gain citizenship there so she can be known as Dame Angelina. This is possible because the African country is part of the commonwealth.

"Angelina was blown away when she was made a dame. She thinks it will add gravitas to her in her humanitarian work," an insider told British newspaper The Sun.

"Gradually she will focus less on acting and more on world issues and this helps to detract from her Hollywood history."

Namibia was an easy choice for the star as the country already means a lot to her and her fiancé Brad Pitt. It was where their now eight-year-old daughter Shiloh was born in 2006 and she and Brad have previously donated funds to an orphanage there.

"We would welcome Angelina Jolie to make an application for citizenship, just like anyone else," the Namibian Embassy said.

Angelina's honour came thanks to her work to stop sexual violence in war zones. She has been in the UK a lot recently working alongside politician William Hague in a bid to promote the campaign and is also a UN special envoy.

Brad and Angelina chose to welcome Shiloh into the world in Namibia so they could have some privacy, and were helped in their quest by the government. After her birth, Brad spoke out to thank officials for their help.

"We have been able to have a very special, peaceful time for our family here, exploring your country and more importantly helping with the delivery of our daughter Shiloh," he said. "So for that we are eternally grateful."

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