‘It was my proud­est mo­ment, there is noth­ing like a Dame!’

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SMETHWICK su­per­star Julie Wal­ters says that win­ning Baf­tas and be­ing nom­i­nated for Os­cars can’t com­pare to the hon­our of be­ing made a dame.

The 67-year-old na­tional trea­sure was named Dame Com­man­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire by the Queen in a cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace on Tues­day.

The hon­our came al­most 35 years af­ter her break­out role in Ed­u­cat­ing Rita, for which she was nom­i­nated for an Academy Award.

“It’s fan­tas­tic, it’s not re­ally real,” she ad­mit­ted. “It was slightly nerve-rack­ing, you know, ‘When do I curt­sey?’ But ev­ery­one is the same.

“It’s one of those things where you just feel re­lieved when you’ve done it, then you look back and think ‘How fab­u­lous!’ “I thought ‘I wish my par­ents were here’. “The Queen said ‘It’s so mar­vel­lous that you’ve got this, I’m so pleased’ and ‘How long have you been do­ing act­ing?’

“I said ‘43 years’ and she said many dif­fer­ent things, well done.”’

Asked if she thinks the Queen knows her movies, which in­clude Billy El­liot, for which she was nom­i­nated for an Os­car, Mamma Mia!, Cal­en­dar Girls and seven of the eight Harry Pot­ter films, Dame Julie ad­mit­ted: “I shouldn’t think so, I have no idea and no way of know­ing. “Charles might, though.” She added that she had been given spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion for a day off from shoot­ing the Mamma Mia! se­quel, which also stars Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Cher and Amanda Seyfried, to go to the Palace. ‘In so

> Dame Julie Wal­ters is made a Dame Com­man­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire by the Queen

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