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Joan Collins 'amazed' at accolade for charity services

By Tony Jones

Joan Collins has spoken of her amazement at being made a Dame, describing the honour as something she never expected in a "billion years".

After receiving the accolade from the Prince of Wales for services to charity, Dame Joan said all she wanted to be at the start of her career was just a "jobbing actress".

The star is famed for her roles in a string of sexy films like the The Stud and The Bitch and for more recent parts in the ITV comedy Benidorm and the soap The Royals.

The 81-year-old said: "Not in a billion years did I think I would be made a Dame - it never even crossed my mind.

"It wasn't anything I ever aspired to, I just wanted to be jobbing actress, a working actor and somebody who could still perform."

Dame Joan has been a regular on stage and screen for more than half a century, but is probably best known for her portrayal of the bitchy Alexis in Dynasty.

The glamorous US soap opera, with its lavish costumes complete with startling shoulder pads and big bouffant hairstyles, ran for most of the 1980s and made her a star all over again.

Speaking about Alexis, Dame Joan said: "She was a fabulous character, even though a lot of people hated her, a lot of people loved her. It was nine years of an extraordinary amount of work that I truly enjoyed."

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