11 Jun 2011

Colin Firth gets Queen's Birthday Honour

7:51 pm on 11 June 2011

British actor Colin Firth, who played the Queen's father in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

Firth, who is 50, received the CBE for his services to acting.

The Queen was reportedly moved by the movie, which told how her father, King George the Sixth, managed, with the help of an Australian speech therapist, to overcome a speech impediment and deliver a rousing address to his subjects on the eve of the Second World War.

Other Awards

Among others honoured in the entertainment field was veteran rock star Bryan Ferry, who also received a CBE.

His hits with the band Roxy Music include Love Is The Drug and Virginia Plain.

And 83-year-old television personality, Bruce Forsyth received a knighthood.

Among the many shows Sir Bruce has hosted during his 50-year career in show business are the British version of Strictly Come Dancing, The Generation Game, and Play Your Cards Right.

A knighthood also went to IVF pioneer and Nobel prize winner Robert Edwards whose work led to the birth in July 1978 of Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby".

Professor Edwards, 85, who was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine last year, began his research into how to help people with fertility problems over 50 years ago.

Other scientists had found that egg cells from rabbits could be successfully fertilised with sperm in test tubes, the BBC reports, and Sir Robert's work, alongside gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe, refined the technique to allow it to be used for humans.

Since Louise Brown's birth, nearly 4 million babies have been born as a result of IVF treatment.