Oscar nominee Naomie Harris is officially a member of the Office of the British Empire. The 40-year-old, who for her roles in James Bond and Moonlight, was honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for her services to drama on Thursday (Feb. 23). Dressed in a striking Mary Katrantzou number, the star appeared delighted as she received her OBE in front of a large audience. Following the ceremony, Naomie credited her career to director Danny Boyle for "taking a chance" on her at the start of her career. "This is really phenomenal," she told reporters. "This is representing my country and being recognized for having made a contribution to the nation. It can't get better than that."
"I credit so much to Danny Boyle," she added. "He really gave me a chance when nobody else would at the start of my career when I had no credits to my name. Then later on he gave me a part in Frankenstein at the National after having left drama school ten years before and not having done any theatre. He took a chance again and that’s how Bond happened." When asked what it was like to meet the monarch, she replied: "I was impressed by how youthful she looked. She looked incredibly young and really healthy – and she has good skin."
The prestigious moment comes days before Naomie is expected to fly to Los Angeles for the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night. The British star is up for a best supporting actress for playing a drug-addicted mother in Moonlight. Her most notable role is Miss Moneypenny in the last two James Bond films, she is also famous for starring as Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 26 February.