Ralph Fiennes has said he would "bat away" his newly acquired 'Legend' title, joking it is only for dead people.
The Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning actor and director received the honour from Ballymena star Liam Neeson at the 2015 Jameson Empire Awards in London which were hosted by James Nesbitt.
"I'm not (a legend). I said in my speech that the 'L' word is for dead people," he said backstage.
"I'm flattered, but it's not the case. It's lovely but you've got to bat it away with appreciation because I don't feel like a legend for a moment.
"It's all other people that make us look good."
The 52-year-old, who will reprise his role as M in the next James Bond film Spectre, said he will "find some quiet, out-of-the-way place" for his new gong.
He also revealed his dream role, saying: "I would have liked to be in the Godfather trilogy. That wouldn't have been very good casting."
Fantasy sci-fi show Game of Thrones, based on George R R Martin's books and filmed in Northern Ireland, took the Empire Hero award.
Christopher Nolan's outer space adventure Interstellar was the big winner of the night, as it picked up three prizes including best film.
The British filmmaker was also named best director, and took home the Inspiration award.
Andy Serkis ended Eddie Redmayne's clean sweep of award wins when he was voted best actor for his motion-capture performance in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, also beating off competition from Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage and Bradley Cooper.
Other winners included Rosamund Pike and former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan.