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Patrick Stewart Is Now ‘Sir Patrick Stewart’ December 30, 2009

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The news leaked out a couple of weeks ago, but today it became official as Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Captain Picard, was awarded a knighthood for his work in drama. Stewart, along with others, was named on the New Year’s Honours List.


Sir Patrick is honoured

Since his time in Hollywood with Star Trek, The X-Men films and more, Stewart has spent much of the last decade back on the British stage. In a statement (via UKPA), Sir Patrick said of the knighthood:

I am very proud to receive this honour. The theatre is and has always been my great joy. In particular the past six years have given me acting opportunities that at one time I could not have imagined possible. This is an honour that embraces those actors, directors and creative teams who have in these recent years helped fill my life with inspiration, companionship and sheer fun.

 All of us Trekkies are proud of you, Sir Patrick.


Stewart in Hamlet
In other PS news, over the weekend the BBC aired William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. The DVD comes out next week and you can pre-order it at Here is the trailer.






1. midnight oil - December 30, 2009

Congrats, Sir Patrick!

2. sir daniel - December 30, 2009

cool …firts

3. MDCasey627 - December 30, 2009


4. Dark Zodac - December 30, 2009

I’ve heard people say the Sir Patrick Stewart would probably never do a Direct-to-DVD movie of Star Trek. The truth is, he does TV movies all the time, like the Hamlet movie with the preview posted above. Why wouldn’t he do a DVD movie? He wouldn’t have to worry about all the press that goes with releasing the film on a big screen, and could spend a few weeks working on a film with his friends. I would be thrilled if him and the gang did a few TNG DVD movies.

5. Schultz - December 30, 2009

I love Stewart, but I don’t like monarchy/aristocracy. So what can I say? …

6. rebecca - December 30, 2009

Reading this put a big grin on my face. Congrats to him!

7. Sybok's Secret Brother - December 30, 2009


8. Christine - December 30, 2009

Between this and the Nebraska Huskers currently winning their bowl game against Arizona, this is turning out to be a great night. Congrats to Patrick Stewart; he really deserves it.

9. chris - December 30, 2009

MAGNIFICENT !!!! Sir Patrick Stewart, nice ring to it eh?

10. AdamTrek - December 30, 2009

From Mister to Sir. Seems like a downgrade in consonants. Oh well. Congratulations anyway.


11. Edwin - December 30, 2009

Very well-deserved!

Congratulations Mr. Stewart!

12. Charles Trotter - December 30, 2009

Congratulations, Sir Patrick!

13. SPB - December 30, 2009

Here’s to Patrick Stewart. And nudity. Lots of nudity.

14. LoyalStarTrekFan - December 30, 2009

Congratulations Sir Patrick Stewart, you are in great company. If anyone deserves this honor, it’s you.

15. SPB - December 30, 2009

(To anyone who hasn’t seen this, this YouTube clip is hands-down Patrick Stewart’s funniest cameo ever. And yes, there’s a STAR TREK hook at the end.)

16. Desstruxion - December 30, 2009

Gotta see that Hamlet.

17. CmdrR - December 30, 2009

Does this mean you get to wear a sword on the bridge, Sir Jean Luc?

18. C.S. Lewis - December 30, 2009

In the hierarchical system, “mister” is the entry-level title of the nobility.

Freemen are called by their last names alone.

Slaves/indentured servants etc are not entitled even to that much.

Interestingly, this is not a heritable title as it expires with the subject. It is an honourary title, much like the PhD or DPhil or what have you granted a university commencement speaker etc. (And never by Oxford or Cambridge, of course!)

C.S. Lewis

10. AdamTrek – December 30, 2009

From Mister to Sir. Seems like a downgrade in consonants. Oh well. Congratulations anyway.


19. tttt - December 30, 2009

Congrats I guess to Patrick, but as others above have mentioned, I really don’t like the monarchy, and I don’t see why anybody would want to be honoured by the Queen.

It seems like it’s just condoning all of the colonialism/imperialism/injustice etc. that the Brits have perpetuated in the past.

20. Capes - December 30, 2009

I met him at Dragoncon this year; he’s really great in person.

21. Will_H - December 30, 2009

Yay, a captain, the best of them, is knighted. He’s a fine actor that for sure deserves this honor.

22. Capt. Roykirk - December 30, 2009

Gives new meaning to “Aye Aye, Sir”
congrats Mr. Stewart.

23. The Red Shirt Diaries - December 30, 2009

It’s not complete until we see “Sir William Shatner” or “Sir Shat”.

24. ryanhuyton - December 30, 2009

Congratulations to Sir Patrick. Well deserving.

25. Capt. Roykirk - December 30, 2009

@22. Please No!!. or perhaps. Oh My!

26. Commodore Kor'Tar - December 30, 2009

Congrats Sir Partick Stewart! I can’t think of anyone more deserving!

27. Kevin Rubio - December 30, 2009

Oh that’s nothing. Patrick was a knight way back in 81′ – Excalibur, anyone? Anyone?

28. Techtrekker - December 31, 2009

Yay for Sir Patrick! The best of the Captains!

29. Jeyl - December 31, 2009

Congratulations Sir Patrick Stewart!

30. Trekman Dave - December 31, 2009

Well done Sir Stewart, from one Brit to another I am proud of what you have gainned, from a yorkshire man to another I am over-joyed.

I am also disappointed in the Trek Fans that are putting a dampner on your great moment with negative comments – Surely this is a time to forget ones own “up your own arse” thoughts and celebrate in “one of our own” achievements!

31. Ian Fee - December 31, 2009

I wonder will he sign his autographs ‘Sir Patrick Stewart’ from now on!
Congratulations SIr Patrick. By the way, I saw ‘Hamlet’ on Boxing Day, it’s very good and Patrick is excellent.

32. Taliesin - December 31, 2009

It’s about time too……congratulations Sir Patrick

33. Nick Cook - December 31, 2009

Congratulations Sir Patrick! Well deserved, Sir.

34. ernie - December 31, 2009

I, too, am inexplicably proud of Sir Patrick, as my only contribution to the man’s career was buying TNG DVD box-sets and Trek/X-Men movie tix. But I still beam (pun intended) with joy over the news.

And am eager to see ‘Hamlet.’ Being a Doctor Who fan, I don’t want to see Tenant leave the show, but I now think he’s making the right call. It took me a few seconds to disconnect him from the Doctor during the trailer.

35. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - December 31, 2009

He was always “Sir” to me… now it’s official… :-)

36. Buzz Cagney - December 31, 2009

Wonder how this news leaked out a couple of weeks ago?

If Patrick is a knight then Shatner must surely make Lord.

37. S. John Ross - December 31, 2009


38. st-midway - December 31, 2009

Congratulations Sir Patrick Stewart!

39. Rogue - December 31, 2009

Congratulations to Sir Patrick Stewart – much deserved!

Why would Shatner be made a Lord?
He’s a Yank, not a Brit!

40. Sxottlan - December 31, 2009

Congratulations Sir Stewart!

41. captain_neill - December 31, 2009

Congratulations to Patrick Stewart. He deserves this honour..

Patrick is one of my all time favourtite actors

42. allister gourlay - December 31, 2009

No 37 – The Shat is a Canadian not Yank!

43. Crewman Darnell - December 31, 2009

It’s about the honor, not the antiquated origins of the title.

Congratulations and hats off to Mr (“Sir” now) Stewart!!

44. Ayu Evelyn - December 31, 2009

Congratulations, Sir. Hope you always healthy and added a brilliant career. You is a very best actor I ever like.

45. OLLEY OLLEY OLEY - December 31, 2009

well deserved

46. Rogue - December 31, 2009

No 40 – Still not British though so he can’t have the ‘Sir’ title.

However Shatner could have the lesser ‘Honorary Knighthood’ which means he has OBE after his name but no Sir beforehand.

47. Holger - December 31, 2009

Congratulations to Sir Patrick!

48. Pragmaticus - December 31, 2009

Not only did Sir Patrick Stewart FINALLY get knighted, but you can also refer to Peter Jackson as Sir Peter Jackson, as he received a knighthood in New Zealand.

49. P Technobabble - December 31, 2009

Congratulations, Captain.

50. HMS Enterprise - December 31, 2009

This is a momentus occasion. Great to hear about Peter Jackson’s knighthood too.

As for William Shatner, at the moment he can’t become a lord or a sir. The Canadian government no longer awards knighthoods and you can only become a lord (with the right to sit in the House of Lords) if you are a British citizen. Unfortunately.

By the way I see nothing wrong with our honours system, or the monarchy for that matter. Its the way this country honours citizens for their significant achievements in their respective fields. Its actually quite democratic with not only actors, politicians, musicians and sportsmen/women getting them but also business leaders, charity workers, scientists, civil servants, academics, artists, writers… people from all walks of life.

51. Sotirios Moshonas - December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Happy New Year to you, Sir Patrick.

Enjoy this clip everyone:

Take Care.

52. beerwriter - December 31, 2009

#4, this was not a direct-to-DVD or direct-to-air production of Hamlet, but a BBC adaptation of a version done on stage by Tennant, Sir Patrick and the RSC. Probably very little different in the staging, just done one scene at a time and without an audience so the people in the seats wouldn’t notice the cameras sharing the stage.

#40, if William Shatner has kept his Canadian citizenship during his many years south of the border and has never become a U.S. citizen he could be knighted by his monarch; Canada being a member of the British Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth is Canada’s head of state (that’s why she’s on Canadian coins.) — but not Canada’s head of government. As #46 pointed out, notable New Zealander Peter Jackson is now Sir Peter Jackson. Same situation — New Zealand, like Canada, is a member of the Commonwealth, so its citizens can be knighted.

Aside from elevating citizens under her domain to the nobility (pretty much merely a ceremonial honor in these post-feudal days), Elizabeth’s only real power over nations of the Commonwealth, very rarely used, is the authority to dissolve a country’s parliament and order new elections.

53. beerwriter - December 31, 2009

Thanks #49; I wasn’t aware the Canadians had decided to do away with knighthoods for their citizenry. Of course, I’m a bloody Yank with no real knowledge of how you do such things up there. Anybody who chooses to be known as “HMS Enterprise” is probably much closer to the situation.

54. beerwriter - December 31, 2009

I mean “Thanks #48″. I need a very strong coffee. Maybe even a raktajino

55. HMS Enterprise - December 31, 2009


I believe I must correct your statement concerning Canadian knighthoods. Her Majesty’s Canadian Government no longer awards knighthoods, hasn’t done since the 60s I think. The same is true of Australia.

New Zealand has recently re-introduced knighthoods thanks to Prime Minister John Key.

56. HMS Enterprise - December 31, 2009

No problem, beerwriter!

57. star trackie - December 31, 2009

I can’t stand Jean Luc, but it is his character, not Stewart’s acting. This is quite the honor for Mr. Stewart, congratulations!

58. Captain Morgan - December 31, 2009

David Tennant with Patrick Stewart? Nice.

59. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - December 31, 2009

Now we can finally call him Sir for real!! Congratulations Sir Stewart!!

60. captain_neill - December 31, 2009


Captain Picard is one of my favourites, so I am pleased to have Mr Stewart get this honour

61. Demode - December 31, 2009

Canadian citizens can’t be knighted by the Queen if they are still Canadian citizens. It has been that way for years. I’m not even sure when the last Canadian citizen was knighted, but it was a long time ago, to be sure. There are exceptions to this rule, and you can find guidelines from the Canadian Gov’t on the web. However, what they ask for is ridiculous and impossible for anyone to achieve. Even for Bill Shatner! You would pretty much have to cure cancer and world hunger as a Canadian to be knighted by the Queen.

62. NX01 - December 31, 2009

Cool I have a Knight’s autograph on my wall!!!!

63. The Last Maquis - December 31, 2009

Congratulations!! It’s about Bloody time, isn’t it?

64. Shunnabunich - December 31, 2009

Even if you don’t agree with the monarchy, a knighthood is still an honour. It’s a recognition of excellence and great achievement, plain and simple. Not only that, but due to the long history behind it, it carries (for better or for worse) pretty much unsurpassed credibility.

Congratulations, Sir Patrick Stewart. The title, and honour, fits you well.

65. Commander Keen - December 31, 2009

Congratulations Sir Patrick! Nice to have royalty in the Trek family!

66. WowserUK - December 31, 2009

This honour has been a long time coming, if you ask me (which you haven’t)..
I saw Sir Pat at South Shields last year and he was a joy to watch and listen to.. also saw him and his fellow Knight, Sir Gandalf, at Newcastle for Godot. Marvellous.
So well deserved.
Please, Sir Patrick, don’t go all ‘Sir Ben Kingsley’ on us :)

67. Shadowcat - December 31, 2009

Congratulations on your Knighthood Sir Patrick Stewart! I am thrilled you received such an honour. Thank you for your contribution to the arts and of course your role as Cpt. John-Luc Picard in TNG. You were absolutely brilliant in “Hamlet”. You deserve to be recognised.

68. Josh - December 31, 2009

That’s great news! Congratulations to Patrick Stewart!

69. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - December 31, 2009

Congradulations Sir Patrick Sir.

70. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - December 31, 2009

Do we know if he is going to use the title? Ben Kingsley was knighted years ago, and I believe he likes to be referred to as “Sir Ben” by anyone who works with him since his knighthood, but if you knew Kingsley before his knighthood, you can just call him Ben.

I saw the Hamlet he did with Tennant on December 26th. Tennant was a bit Doctor-ish at times, but Sir Patrick (!) blew him of the screen.

Congratulations, Sir Patrick Stewart!

71. Carol - December 31, 2009

Congratulations to Sir Patrick. I think it’s great that someone from Star Trek has achieved such an honor.

72. Basilicious - December 31, 2009

Sounds like he got demoted to me.

I may be wrong about this, but I don’t think Stewart gets conferred the “Sir” title because the award he received (CBE) is not a full knighthood. As a Commander of the British Empire, he’s slightly below a knight and somewhere just above an average British citizen.

According to Wikipedia, only the top two ranks — the Knight Grand Cross (GBE) and Knight Commanders (KBE) get the “Sir” (or “Dame”) prefix

But then, Wikipedia is not exactly known for its factual reliability. Can anyone out there from across the pond clarify this for us Yanks?

73. The Red Shirt Diaries - December 31, 2009


The Shat could cure cancer and world hunger if he set out to. There is nothing the Shat can’t do if he puts his mind to it!

Sir William Alan Shatner !

To quote Sir Patrick Picard Stewart, Make it So!

74. BiggestTOSfanever - December 31, 2009

I like Picard, but Kirk is waaaay better as a Captain.

75. fansince66 - December 31, 2009


Dear fellow citizen of the Republic,
We can love & honor the man, and overlook the quaint practices of neo-feudal societies( as long as the queen doesn’t try to bring this break-away, rogue piece of empire BACK into the fold).

76. peacekeeper - December 31, 2009

I love the fact that England gets Shakespeare at 5pm and we get Judge Judy…so sad…

77. HMS Enterprise - December 31, 2009

72 – Basilicious

Sir Patrick Stewart has already got an OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Ian McKellan has a CBE, which is one rank higher than an OBE.

Knighthoods are not just awarded as part of the Order of the British Empire but also other British orders of chivalry such the Order of St Michael and St George (usually reserved for diplomats who have served Britain & the Commonwealth), the Order of Bath (awarded to civil servants and military officers) and the Royal Victorian Order (awarded for services to the crown).

Stewart was not awarded a KBE (Knight Commander) or GBE (Knight Grand Cross) which would make him a knight within the Order of the British Empire but instead honoured as a Knight Bachelor – the same catagory of knights as Sir Ian McKellan but below the chivalric orders.

This means he does not have post-nominal letters after his name eg KBE but is just plain SIr Patrick Stewart OBE.

Here is the New Years Honours List:

Stewart is at the bottom of the second page. Hope this helps!

78. DonDonP1 - December 31, 2009

Congrats, Sir Patrick! Happy 2010 to you and your friends in the United Kingdom from the United States of America! Live long and prosper!

79. Dr. Cheis - December 31, 2009

Make it sir!

80. Steve - December 31, 2009

Congrats to Sir Patrick!

81. Chris Fawkes - January 1, 2010

Congratulations Patrick Stewart. A well deserved honor for a truly great actor.

There is part of me that would love to see William Shatner knighted too.

I know he is not British but when you consider the Shat’s contributions to mankind this is surely a minor glitch.

82. Basilicious - January 1, 2010

Perfect! That explains everything. Thanks for the clarification, HMS. :)

83. David Stoeckel - January 2, 2010

Congratulations on Patrick Stewart(or should I say Sir Patrick Stewart) being Knighted. It is an Honor He has more than earned, considering his career in Film, Television, and the Stage. His performance on Saturday NIght Live was a Riot!!!

84. Nata - January 2, 2010

That’s wonderful!
Congratulations Sir Patrick Stewart, it’s so well deserved!

LOVED him as Capt. Picard but my first look at him was in “Excalibur” as Guinevere’s father. What a magnificent man and actor!

85. sir daniel - January 4, 2010

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