Patrick Stewart Is Now ‘Sir Patrick Stewart’

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.





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midnight oil
December 30, 2009 7:32 pm

Congrats, Sir Patrick!

sir daniel
December 30, 2009 7:32 pm

cool …firts

December 30, 2009 7:32 pm


Dark Zodac
December 30, 2009 7:35 pm

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.

December 30, 2009 7:36 pm

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

December 30, 2009 7:53 pm

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

Sybok's Secret Brother
December 30, 2009 8:00 pm


December 30, 2009 8:01 pm

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.

December 30, 2009 8:14 pm

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

December 30, 2009 8:17 pm

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


December 30, 2009 8:28 pm

Very well-deserved!

Congratulations Mr. Stewart!

December 30, 2009 8:34 pm

Congratulations, Sir Patrick!

December 30, 2009 8:35 pm

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

December 30, 2009 8:38 pm

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

December 30, 2009 8:40 pm

(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.)

December 30, 2009 9:26 pm

Gotta see that Hamlet.

December 30, 2009 9:53 pm

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

C.S. Lewis
December 30, 2009 10:04 pm

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.


December 30, 2009 10:09 pm

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.

December 30, 2009 10:18 pm

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

December 30, 2009 10:39 pm

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

Capt. Roykirk
December 30, 2009 10:48 pm

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

The Red Shirt Diaries
December 30, 2009 11:00 pm

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

December 30, 2009 11:02 pm

Congratulations to Sir Patrick. Well deserving.

Capt. Roykirk
December 30, 2009 11:28 pm

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

December 30, 2009 11:32 pm

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

Kevin Rubio
December 30, 2009 11:57 pm

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

December 31, 2009 12:08 am

Yay for Sir Patrick! The best of the Captains!

December 31, 2009 12:57 am

Congratulations Sir Patrick Stewart!

Trekman Dave
December 31, 2009 1:03 am

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!

Ian Fee
December 31, 2009 1:10 am

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.

December 31, 2009 1:28 am

It’s about time too……congratulations Sir Patrick

Nick Cook
December 31, 2009 1:36 am

Congratulations Sir Patrick! Well deserved, Sir.

December 31, 2009 1:36 am

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.

4 8 15 16 23 42
December 31, 2009 2:02 am

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

Buzz Cagney
December 31, 2009 2:06 am

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

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

December 31, 2009 2:09 am


December 31, 2009 2:17 am

Congratulations Sir Patrick Stewart!

December 31, 2009 2:40 am

Congratulations to Sir Patrick Stewart – much deserved!

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

December 31, 2009 2:43 am

Congratulations Sir Stewart!

December 31, 2009 3:03 am

Congratulations to Patrick Stewart. He deserves this honour..

Patrick is one of my all time favourtite actors

allister gourlay
December 31, 2009 3:24 am

No 37 – The Shat is a Canadian not Yank!

Crewman Darnell
December 31, 2009 4:02 am

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

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

Ayu Evelyn
December 31, 2009 5:17 am

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

December 31, 2009 5:27 am

well deserved

December 31, 2009 5:30 am

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.

December 31, 2009 5:52 am

Congratulations to Sir Patrick!

December 31, 2009 6:27 am

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.

December 31, 2009 6:51 am

Congratulations, Captain.

HMS Enterprise
December 31, 2009 7:00 am

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.