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Star Trek star 'getting used to knighthood'

By Tim Masters
Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Patrick Stewart
Make it Sir: Patrick Stewart was knighted in the New Year's Honours

Actor Patrick Stewart says he is starting to feel more comfortable about being called "Sir" following his knighthood in the New Year's Honours.

The star of stage and Star Trek was rewarded for his services to drama.

"I have only been in England for four days since 1 January so I've had time to acclimatize myself to this extraordinary honour," Sir Patrick told the BBC.

He was speaking at the theatre awards in London.

Sir Patrick was named best supporting actor in a play for the role of Claudius in Hamlet, in which he starred alongside David Tennant.

He also took home the theatre event of the year award - sharing the prize with his X-Men co-star Sir Ian McKellen, for their stage partnership in Waiting For Godot.

On his knighthood, Sir Patrick said: "It's beginning to feel, day by day, a little more comfortable. But tonight to hear my name linked like that with Sir Ian McKellen was perhaps so far the highlight of this event."

Sir Patrick confirmed that he will be appearing in two 20th Century plays in 2010, the first of which will be Edward Bond's Bingo at Chichester's Minerva Theatre.

The play, first performed in 1973, is a fictional account of the last days of William Shakespeare.

Sir Patrick said he had another as-yet-unannounced project in New York at the end of the year.

Asked what other roles would interest him, he said: "There's a whole list of Shakespeare roles I have never played - Falstaff, Lear, Bottom - and some that I wouldn't mind looking at again."

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