Naomie Harris was honored with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth today.


An OBE is given to Brits who have made a significant contribution to their specific area of activity. Harris has starred in countless roles, and is currently up for a supporting actress Oscar for her role in Moonlight. She is also well known for playing Moneypenny in recent James Bond films.

“This is really phenomenal,” said the 40-year-old actress. “This is representing my country and being recognized for having made a contribution to the nation. It can’t get better than that.”

The 90-year-old monarch herself gave Harris her award, which is quite an honor, and Harris admits she was stunned. “I was impressed by how youthful she looked,” Harris said. “She looked incredibly young and really healthy — she has good skin.”

The actress also took the opportunity to thank Danny Boyle for jumpstarting her film career. “I credit so much to Danny Boyle. He really gave me a chance when nobody else would at the start of my career when I had no credits to my name,” Harris explained. “Then later on he gave me a part in Frankenstein at the National after having left drama school 10 years before and not having done any theater. He took a chance again and that’s how Bond happened.”

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