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"Sir Ian Murray McKellen: Actor, services to Drama and Equality"
28 December 2007: Queen Elizabeth II has named Sir Ian McKellen to the Order of the Companions of Honour for his “outstanding achievements as an actor and also for his work in championing the causes of diversity.”
Sir Ian said, "I am honoured to join an Order which includes such distinguished practitioners in the arts. It is particularly pleasing that 'equality' is included in my citation."