A knighthood is one of the highest honours someone in the U.K. can achieve, and are given out annually in the Queen's New Year's Honours List to those deemed to have made "significant contributions to national life".

The celebrated actor insists he didn't get into acting to play by the rules, and instead revels in his outsider status.

"I became an actor to be a rogue and a vagabond... so I don't think it would be apt for the establishment to pull me in as one of their own, for I ain’t," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The actor, who is about to star in a stage production of Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Bristol Old Vic theatre, brushed off claims that acting was elitist by favouring those with a private education, insisting he worked hard to support his burgeoning acting career.

“I worked in many other things when I was starting out,” he pointed out. “I was a builder, I was a social worker, I was a busker, I was a gardener, I was a house cleaner. All jobs which, I presume, are still available today if you want to have enough money to pay the rent for your bedsit while you are auditioning for things.”

The debate emerged in part because top British actors like Eddie Redmayne and Damian Lewis both attended the exclusive boarding school Eton, where Britain's Prince William also studied.

"I keep reading about it, and we do have a few top liners at the moment who appear to have gone to Eton, and that is perhaps a bit of a coincidence although I am aware what it costs students now to train," sighed Jeremy, who went to independent school Sherborne in Dorset, England.

Jeremy isn't the first British star to comment on the struggles youngsters pursuing a career in the dramatic arts face; Julie Walters spoke out last year (15) on the issue claiming the opportunities for working-class kids don't exist now that British college grants have been abolished.

“People like me wouldn’t have been able to go to college today," she admitted in an interview with Britain's Guardian newspaper. "I could because I got a full grant. I don’t know how you get into it now."

Jeremy can next be seen as butler Alfred in the latest DC Comics' flick Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, due out in the later this month (Mar16).