Kevin Spacey has been made an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
The American Beauty star was awarded the honour on Wednesday (03Nov10) for his services to drama to mark his continued work to revive London's iconic theatre, the Old Vic.
Oscar-winner Spacey, who has been at the helm of the venue since 2003, was handed the medal by Charles, Prince of Wales, at his royal residence, Clarence House.
The actor said, "I was hugely, hugely delighted that Prince Charles has awarded me the CBE, which the Queen has so generously given to me for my services to theatre.
"(The Prince) was just extraordinarily generous about the work we've done at the Old Vic over these past seven seasons, that I've dedicated myself to the revival of this brilliant, wonderful theatre, and for all the belief that I have that arts and culture are a hugely important part of our lives.
"Frankly for me to be standing here today in front of Clarence House having a rather British scene happen directly behind me makes me feel very happy and proud to call London my home."