Britain makes Angelina Jolie an honorary dame

Britain makes Angelina Jolie an honorary dame

LONDON - Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list released Friday, as Britain paid tribute to the Hollywood star for her efforts to combat warzone rape.

The American actress, who US Secretary of State John Kerry described as "a fierce and fearless advocate", leads a list of film idols, sports stars, authors and designers recognised for their services to the United Kingdom.

Daniel Day-Lewis receives a knighthood, while his fellow Oscar-winning film star Dame Maggie Smith - the star of TV period drama "Downton Abbey" and the "Harry Potter" films - is made a companion of honour.

Jolie was given the female equivalent of a knighthood for her services to British foreign policy in her campaign to end sexual violence in conflict zones.

She co-hosted a four-day global conference in London on the issue with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, during which Kerry suggested she had played her most lasting role, "the role of fierce and fearless advocate".

The 39-year-old actress said: "To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to.

"Working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and with survivors of rape is an honour in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine."

Jolie becomes an honorary dame commander in the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, an order of chivalry for people "who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country".

Day-Lewis, the only man to win three Oscars for best actor - "My Left Foot" (1989), "There Will Be Blood" (2007) and "Lincoln" (2012) - said he was thrilled to become a knight of the realm.

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