Arise Dame Angelina

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honours list.

Britain paid tribute to the Hollywood star for her efforts to combat warzone rape In the list released on Friday (June 13).

The American actress, who US Secretary of State John Kerry described as “a fierce and fearless advocate", 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.

Jolie, 39, 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.”

Other actors who won honours

Daniel 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.

“I’m entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure,” he said.

Maggie Smith, 79, who won an Oscar as best actress for “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969), becomes a companion of honour, an order limited to the queen and 65 other ordinary people from across the Commonwealth. - AFP