A well-versed Scottish actress, Phyllida Law may perhaps be best-recalled for her appearances alongside daughters Emma Thompson and Sophie Thompson in such features as "Peter's Friends" (1992) and "Em...
Veteran British actress Phyllida Law turned her day at Buckingham Palace into a family affair on Tuesday (11Nov14) as she was joined by her daughters Sophie and Emma Thompson to collect a top honor from Queen Elizabeth II.
The Time Machine star, 82, was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the British monarch's Birthday Honours List in June (14) and she was invited to attend a special presentation of the medal at the Queen's official London residence this week.
Film stars Emma and Sophie Thompson, Law's daughters with her late actor husband Eric Thompson, were on hand to celebrate the prestigious moment with their mother, who was recognized for her services to drama and charity work.
After the ceremony, Law joked, "I think they've got the wrong bird (woman). It is lovely. The Queen does a very good job."
Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis have been recognised by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List. The actress has been named an honorary dame, while fellow Oscar winner Day-Lewis will be knighted.
Jolie learned of the honour in London this week (beg09Jun14), while she was co-hosting an international summit on sexual violence.
She won't be entitled to use her new royal title because she is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, but she joins fellow Americans Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Ronald Reagan, who have previously received honorary titles from the Queen.
Among the soldiers, charity heroes, civil servants and entrepreneurs to receive honours, Day-Lewis will be able to add 'Sir' to his name after becoming a knight for "services to drama".
The Lincoln star admits he was, "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure" to discover he had made the list.
There were also damehoods for Booker Prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, while beloved actress Dame Maggie Smith, who portrays the Dowager Countess of Grantham on TV's Downton Abbey, was made a Companion of Honor, and becomes one of only 65 people "of distinction" in the U.K., and Homeland star Damian Lewis has been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He says, "I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment."
Author Hunter Davies, actress Phyllida Law and musician Talvin Singh also received OBEs, while physicist Thomas Kibble and pianist Andra Schiff have been honoured with knighthoods.
Also making the annual honours list is singer and DJ Cerys Matthews and actor John Barrowman, who have both been awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medals (CBEs).
"My father married my mother (actress Phyllida Law), and my grandmother locked herself in the toilet for a couple of days because 'actress' was still synonymous with 'whore'." Emma Thompson on her mother's struggles as an actress in the 1950s.
British stars Emma Thompson and Jim Carter are among the locals fighting plans to chop down 35 trees to make way for a railway station in their London neighbourhood. The pair is backing a campaign to stop bosses at development company Ballymore from ripping down the trees in West Hampstead.
Carter, who lives in the area with actress wife Imelda Staunton, says, "I have lived in West Hampstead for over 20 years and I'm dismayed to hear that there's a possibility that 35 trees may be chopped down by the developers Ballymore. I would urge them to reconsider as a matter of utmost urgency.
"In a densely packed residential area like West Hampstead all our green amenities are cherished and provide a much needed habitat for wildlife as well as visual relief from the enormous increase in hard landscaping. I would urge them to look at increasing the number of mature trees on the site rather than reducing them."
Meanwhile, Thompson, who grew up in the area and lives on the same road as her actress mother Phyllida Law, accuses the company of "eco-savagery".
In a letter opposing the move, she writes, "I have lived in West Hampstead for many years and have watched as development has all but removed any green spaces and most of the life-giving trees from the area. I understood from the council that your development was set to include the trees that give pleasure and - vitally - oxygen to the area, but I now understand that you are planning to chop them all down. Please do not indulge in this act of vandalism and eco-savagery. Your development will be infinitely more attractive with the trees in place."
Oscar winner Emma Thompson celebrated a rare accomplishment with her mother Phyllida Law on Tuesday (02Jul13) when they both received honorary degrees from the same school in Scotland. The British actresses, who have have starred in a number of films together, were made doctors during a special ceremony at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Thompson says, "It's our best starring role together, definitely. We've not received anything like this before and we both feel slightly fraudulent because when I told my son, he asked, 'How many essays did you have to write to get that?' So we feel really lucky that we now get to put 'doctor' in front of our names and pretend we're important."
And the Brave star admits her husband, alumnus Greg Wise, is slightly bitter about her new title: "Greg graduated from here in the '80s or '90s and he's fit to be dead and spitting feathers (mad) at home because he had to do so much work and exams to get his degree and we just had to turn up to become doctors."
Meanwhile, Law, who was born in the city, adds, "It's great fun to be able to do this together, much better than collecting it on your own and to get it in Glasgow is great."
Guests at A-list eaterie The Ivy will be treated to service from some of stage and screen's most famous faces while dining there on Sunday (02Dec12) as part of an event to raise funds for theatrical good causes.
Other celebrities taking part in the One Night Only scheme include James Bond's former Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond, stage star Simon Russell Beale, and Thompson's actress mother Phyllida Law.
They will all work alongside staff at the West End venue, serving meals and looking after guests, with proceeds going to The Combined Theatrical Charities - a group of 15 organisations which support actors and their families in times of hardship.
Bond says of the scheme, "We are all thrilled that The Ivy has chosen to support The Combined Theatrical Charities, in what will be an extraordinary and unique event. The calibre of talent that has offered its support for the evening is overwhelming and testament to the altruism and generosity of the acting profession, in support of their colleagues in need."
The Ivy boss Fernando Peire adds, "Having had many famous actors ask me over the years 'How much would I give to work just one evening at The Ivy?', I suddenly had a eureka moment that I would put the two together. We have to put on a good show for the customers every time we open our doors; we have to know our lines and we have to get them right. I am really looking forward to seeing how the actors cope with service on Sunday night."
The 78 year old's mother, Megsie, suffered from the eye disease, which causes gradual loss of vision, and she was herself diagnosed with glaucoma in 1980.
But Law admits her worst fear is passing the condition on to her children.
She says, "To be honest, I'm grateful that my glaucoma was diagnosed relatively early and for the drops that keep my eyes healthy. I wouldn't want to lose my sight, but I don't like to know any details about the condition, or the prognosis. I'm not inclined to poke about or panic. But of course, I am concerned about my daughters...
"My concern is for my family - it is definitely passing through the maternal line. But they're good - they all go to the opticians for check-ups regularly. I tell them, you have to look after your eyes the way you look after your teeth - regular check-ups. It would be easy to put any changes down to old age, but glaucoma is serious and a major issue."
Played small role in feature film "Hitler: The Last Ten Days"
Appeared in daughter Emma's variety series, "Thompson"
Cast in the Luc Besson film, "Unleashed," starring Jet Li
Co-starred in CBS miniseries, "Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again'"
Co-starred as Emma Thompson's mother in the British TV-movie "The Blue Boy" (shown in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")
First appeared in films with daughter Emma in "Peter's Friends", directed by Kenneth Branagh
Co-starred with Brenda Blethyn in "Saving Grace"
Had supporting role in feature film "Otley"
Cast in "Copying Beethoven" with Ed Harris
Originated the role of Elspeth in the stage play "The Winter Guest"
Recreated stage role in Alan Rickman's feature version of "The Winter Guest"; co-starred with daughter Emma Thompson
Appeared in numerous stage productions in London and in repertory and festivals
Cast opposite Guy Pearce in the "Time Traveller," a remake of the 1960s film "The Time Machine"
Had featured role in Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing"
Played Mrs. Bates in "Emma" alongside daughter Sophie Thompson
A well-versed Scottish actress, Phyllida Law may perhaps be best-recalled for her appearances alongside daughters Emma Thompson and Sophie Thompson in such features as "Peter's Friends" (1992) and "Emma" (1996). She had established herself, however, as a fine character player on the British stage in roles ranging from the classics ("The Merry Wives of Windsor") to musical comedies (the London production of "La Cage Aux Folles") to contemporary plays ("Noises Off"). Law twice acted onstage with Sir Alec Guinness in "A Voyage Round My Father" (1971) and "Habeas Corpus" (1973).