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Joan Collins: Call me Dame

British monarch the Queen has revealed which stars will receive titles in her New Year’s Honours List.

The former Dynasty star was named in the British Queen’s New Year’s Honours List on Tuesday. The annual announcement credits people both in the public eye and normal working life who have achieved a great deal in their chosen field. And for the 81-year-old, the news is a dream come true.

"When I first heard, I really couldn't quite believe it. Although quite a few people have been saying for some time maybe it was going to happen, I never ever believed it. But I'm, delirious, thrilled excited and very, very honoured,” she said according to BBC News.

The actress had previously received a CBE - Commander of the Order of the British Empire – back in 1997 for her contribution to the arts. However this time, she is recognised for her charity work.

Another actress set to become a Dame in 2015 is Kristin Scott Thomas. The 54-year-old has starred in major films including The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer and Gosford Park during her career.

Ironically, Kristin is set to star as the Queen on stage in The Audience, and she cannot believe she is receiving such an honour from the woman herself.

“[I’m] thrilled, astonished and worried that I might suddenly wake up,” she said.

Men and women are represented equally on the list, and leading the way for the males is The Elephant Man actor John Hurt. The Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee will receive a Knighthood from the Queen, making him Sir John Hurt.

Other British stars to receive honours include Into the Woods star James Corden and two-times Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, who will both receive Officer of the Order of the British Empire awards, otherwise known as OBE’s.

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