Ac­tor knighted at the Palace

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Being Honoured -

Ash­ford- born ac­tor Mark Ry­lance re­ceived a knight­hood from the Duke of Cam­bridge in a cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

The star of stage, film and the­atre was recog­nised for his ser­vices to the­atre at the cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day of last week, which also saw the likes of Olympic ath­lete Jes­sica En­nis-Hill and co­me­dian Ken Dodd hon­oured.

Last year, the 57-year-old won the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor Os­car for his role in Steven Spiel­berg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. He played of­fi­cer Ru­dolf Abel, who is ar­rested in 1950s New York and pros­e­cuted as a spy in the film, which also starred Tom Hanks.

Mr Ry­lance was pre­sented with his award by Prince Wil­liam.

The no­to­ri­ously pri­vate ac­tor posed for pic­tures out­side the palace wear­ing his trade­mark Hom­burg hat.

Speak­ing ear­lier this year, Ry­lance said he did not set much store by the var­i­ous ac­co­lades he had col­lected over his ca­reer, ex­plain­ing: “Peo­ple say things about com­pet­ing as ac­tors and I know that is nec­es­sary to make a show out of it, but those ac­tors are so good I feel I’m more of a spokesman when I win rather than bet­ter than the other nom­i­nees. I don’t take it too se­ri­ously.”

Mr Ry­lance is also known for play­ing Thomas Cromwell in the BBC drama Wolf Hall, part of which was filmed at Pen­shurst Place, near Ton­bridge.

Al­though born in Ash­ford, he moved to Amer­ica as a child, when his par­ents em­i­grated to work in Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin, and launched his ca­reer when he starred in Des­per­ado Cor­ner at the Glas­gow Cit­i­zens’ The­atre in 1981.

He re­turned to Bri­tain to study at Rada in Lon­don, and went on to have a suc­cess­ful stage ca­reer that has ranged from work­ing as artis­tic di­rec­tor at Shake­speare’s Globe to star­ring in Ham­let, Much Ado About Noth- ing and Leonardo. He was Thomas Bo­leyn in the film The Other Bo­leyn Girl, while more re­cently he ap­peared in the lat­est adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s BFG.

Mr Ry­lance mar­ried com­poser and play­wright Claire van Kam­pen in 1989 and be­came step­fa­ther to her two chil­dren, Juliet and Nataasha, who died of a sus­pected brain haem­or­rhage at the age of 28 while on board a flight from New York in 2012.

Pic­ture: John Still­well/PA Wire FM4747584

Sir Mark Ry­lance with his wife, Claire van Kam­pen, and her daugh­ter, Juliet, af­ter be­ing knighted

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