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Daniel Day Lewis knighted by Duke of Cambridge

Multiple Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been knighted by the Duke of Cambridge. The 57-year-old Lincoln star, the only person to win an Academy Award for best actor three times, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to drama.

Daniel Day Lewis is the only actor to win three best actor Academy Awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Clean-shaven, with short, grey hair and dressed in traditional morning dress, the acclaimed and notably private Anglo-Irish actor declined to speak to the media after being honoured by William. Sir Daniel was made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June, saying at the time he was "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure".

Daniel Day-Lewis attending a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland at Windsor Castle Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He won his first Oscar for his role as a disabled writer in 1989's My Left Foot, and a second for his turn as an early 20th century oilman in 2007's There Will Be Blood. He completed his hat-trick by playing assassinated US president Abraham Lincoln in 2012. Other high-profile roles include Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon in the film In The Name Of The Father, an adopted native American in The Last Of The Mohicans and a brutal butcher in Martin Scorsese's Gangs Of New York.

Sir Daniel, who grew up in south London and has dual British and Irish citizenship, is fiercely private and lives in Co Wicklow, Ireland, with wife Rebecca Miller - daughter of playwright Arthur Miller - and their two sons. The son of former poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, he has been nominated five times for the best actor Oscar and has a reputation for taking his method acting very seriously, including staying in character off-screen as well as on during filming.


Bench used in Bottom opening credits to be replaced

A memorial bench for comedian Rik Mayall will be unveiled in Hammersmith today, on the spot featured in the opening credits of Bottom. Mayall died in June at the age of 56. Rik had said in an interview that he was disappointed when he found the bench had been removed and replaced with a pelican crossing. Read that interview here

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Cheryl switches on Oxford Street Christmas lights

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini with Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry during the switch on for this year's Oxford Street Christmas lights. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini got into the festive spirit as she switched on the Christmas lights on London's Oxford Street

The X Factor judge - who looks set to claim her fifth number one single with I Don't Care on Sunday - was joined by chart-topping group Rixton and singer Jess Glynne at the event, hosted by the street's John Lewis store.

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini during the switch on for this year's Oxford Street Christmas lights. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands gathered to help count down to the moment when she hit the button, turning on a display featuring 750,000 lower-energy LED bulbs, strung along the length of the famous London street.


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