Scott Thomas collects damehood

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is collecting her damehood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The 54-year-old film and television star, who is best known for roles in The English Patient, Gosford Park and Four Weddings And A Funeral, is being honoured for her services to drama.

She is set to play the Queen on the London stage from April. She takes over from Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience which is inspired by the Queen’s private weekly meetings with the country’s prime ministers over her six-decade reign.

It is the latest role for the Cornwall-born actress whose career has seen her honoured in both the UK and France where she now lives.

She was made an OBE in 2003 and two years later was presented with France’s Legion of Honour in recognition of a career.

Campaigners Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks, who fought for a quarter of a century for justice for the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster are to receive their CBEs.

They are among 70 people who are set to receive their awards at the central London ceremony.

Ms Aspinall, who lost her son James, 18, in the tragedy while Mr Hicks, whose daughters Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, also died have been honoured for their services to the bereaved Hillsborough families.

Ms Aspinall chairs the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), while Mr Hicks is president of the group.

They have been the driving force in the lengthy legal battle which saw the accidental death verdicts in the previous Hillsborough inquests being quashed and a new hearing being ordered.

It has now nearly a year since the long-awaited fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans football killed in the Hillsborough disaster began.

Britain’s worst sporting disaster happened on April 15, 1989 during Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as fans were crushed on the ground’s Leppings Lane terrace.

Verdicts of accidental death from the original Hillsborough inquest in March 1991 were quashed in December 2012, after the Hillsborough Independent Panel delivered its final report on the disaster earlier that year.

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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