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33 Famous People Who Have Been Knighted

List Criteria: Celebrities who are official or honorary knights

A list of famous people who have been knighted, ranked by fame and popularity by fans of British chivalry like you. Being knighted is one of the highest honors that an individual can hope to receive. Famous people have been knighted for their contributions to music, film, theater and charity work. In special cases, honorary knighthoods can be bestowed upon worthy candidates from foreign countries.

Who is the most famous person who has been knighted? Ronald Reagan tops our list. Reagan received an honorary knighthood in 1989 from Queen Elizabeth II. After the ceremony Reagan made a statement saying, “I feel greatly honored. I can't say how proud I am.” Four years after Reagan received the honor, his vice president and President at the time George H.W. Bush, also received the honorary knighthood.

Several famous musicians have been knighted. English super star Paul McCartney was given the honor in 1997 and Elton John was knighted the following year. Actors, Ben Kingsley and Patrick Steward have also received the great honor of knighthood, as has the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. The French also bestow honorary knighthoods and recipients include Clint Eastwood and Robert DeNiro.

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    In 2000, Sean Connery was knighted by the Queen.  Connery is a firm supporter of Scotland's Independence and it is believed that this stance caused a delay in his knighthood.

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables, The Rock, Dr. No + 75 more
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    In 2010, Robert Redford was inducted into France's elite Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer + 3 more
    • Credits: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, Out of Africa + 72 more
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    In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood on Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
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    Clint Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor in 2009 by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist, Television producer + 5 more
    • Credits: Good, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Back to the Future Part II + 88 more
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    In 2000, Michael Caine was knighted by the Queen for his services to the British screen.

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Inception, The Prestige + 128 more
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    Bob Hope was given an honorary knighthood for his work supporting the troops of various wars with his comedy and entertainment.

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    • Age: Died at 100 (1903-2003)
    • Birthplace: Eltham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Author, Athlete + 9 more
    • Credits: The Muppet Movie, Spies Like Us, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Road to Morocco + 82 more
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    Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney in 1997 because he helped to revolutionize pop music.

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director + 19 more
    • Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Spies Like Us, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help! + 76 more
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    In 2010, Captain Jean Luc Picard became Sir Patrick Stewart.

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Journalist, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Dad! + 79 more
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    President Ronald Reagan was made an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989.

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1911-2004)
    • Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Soldier, Lifeguard, Radio personality + 1 more
    • Credits: Dark Victory, Knute Rockne, All American, The Killers, This Is the Army + 52 more
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    In 2012, Kenneth Branagh was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting + 1 more
    • Credits: Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World, Chariots of Fire, Henry V + 54 more
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    In 1986, Bob Geldof was given an honorary knighthood by the Queen for his humanitarian effors associated with the Live Aid concert.

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Dún Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor + 2 more
    • Credits: Pink Floyd – The Wall, Spice World, Bernard and the Genie, David Gilmour in Concert, The Return of Spinal Tap + 8 more
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    In 1998, Elton John became a Sir when he was knighted by the Queen.

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 4 more
    • Credits: Dog Day Afternoon, Brüno, Lethal Weapon 3, The Road to El Dorado, Tommy + 34 more
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    In 2008, Salman Rushdie was knighted by the Queen.

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
    • Profession: Copywriter, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Essayist + 1 more
    • Credits: Then She Found Me, Midnight's Children, Odd Streets Run West, Paperback Dreams, Great Writers: Salman Rushdie + 1 more
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    In 2007, Bono became a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The title is honorary because Bono isn't a citizen of England.

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter + 4 more
    • Credits: GoldenEye, Across the Universe, Brüno, The Million Dollar Hotel, Sightings of Bono + 8 more
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    In 1993, President George H.W. Bush was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

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    • Age: age 91
    • Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur, Military aviator
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    In 1975, silent film star Charlie Chaplin was knighted at the age of 85.

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1889-1977)
    • Birthplace: Walworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor + 3 more
    • Credits: City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Cinema Paradiso + 123 more
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    Robert De Niro is inducted into France's elite Legion of Honor.

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Deer Hunter + 120 more
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    In 2002, Mick Jagger was knighted after being nominated by Prime Minister Tony Blair.  The Queen did not perform the ceremony as she did not care for Jagger's anti-establishment views.

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer + 3 more
    • Credits: Gimme Shelter, The Bank Job, Alfie, Burden of Dreams, Moonwalker + 37 more
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    In 1991, Ian McKellen was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, X-Men: The Last Stand + 82 more
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    In 1947, Laurence Olivier was knighted.  He was the youngest actor to recieve the honor.

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1907-1989)
    • Birthplace: Dorking, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting + 1 more
    • Credits: Spartacus, Clash of the Titans, Rebecca, Romeo and Juliet, A Bridge Too Far + 77 more
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