Idris Elba and David Oyelowo Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

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Idris Elba was all smiles after his guest appearance on BBC Radio 2 in London.

Add an award from the Queen of England to the long list of achievements British actors David Oyelowo and Idris Elba have earned in their illustrious careers.

The recognition came as part of the queen’s annual list of honors that come out each new year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The award, familiarly known as an OBE, is officially known as the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and includes recognition for contributions to the arts and sciences.

In a statement, the star of Beasts of No Nation and The Wire, Elba, was effusive:

Awards and honors come in all shapes and sizes and all as significant as the other. But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now.

As for Selma star, Oyelowo, was equally enthusiastic:

To be honored by the Queen in this way having been aided by her son’s charity feels like a beautiful full-circle moment.