Director Sir Steve McQueen will be knighted at Windsor Castle


Oscar-winning filmmaker and artist Sir Steve McQueen will be among a host of high-achieving figures who will be rewarded with royal honors at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

The 12 Years A Slave director will receive a knighthood for services to art and film.

For the biographical drama, which starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, Sir Steve won the Best Picture Oscar in 2014, the first black filmmaker to do it.

The 52-year-old is also known for his historical drama Hunger from 2008 and his film Shame from 2011.

In 2020 he released Small Axe, a series of films set in the West Indian community of London, and most recently made Uprising, a three-part documentary series exploring key events in race relations in Britain.

Sir Steve won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1999 and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for his services to the visual arts.

He was an official artist of the Iraq War and his work Queen and Country commemorated British soldiers who died in the conflict by showing their portraits as a sheet of stamps.

Others to recognize at Tuesday’s investiture include Sara Rowbotham, a former health worker who exposed a child sex abuse ring in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and helped translate the perpetrators in justice.

Ms Rowbotham, who was played by Maxine Peake in the BBC scandal drama Three Girls, will receive an MBE for services to young people.

Professor Sir Michael McBride, Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer, former England football captain Gillian Coultard and Gareth Horner, an RNLI volunteer for nearly five decades, will also receive honours.

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