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Queen hands OBE to actor Laurie

23 May 07 16:52 GMT

British actor Hugh Laurie, star of US hospital drama House, has been made an OBE by the Queen.

The 47-year-old star attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where he was honoured for services to acting.

Laurie recently won two Golden Globes for his role as cantankerous doctor Gregory House, but he has been part of Britain's comedy elite for years.

He is best known in the UK for his two TV series with Stephen Fry - Jeeves and Wooster and sketch show Fry and Laurie.

Laurie is also a star of the big screen, appearing in such films as 101 Dalmatians, Sense and Sensibility and Stuart Little.

Poet honoured

At the same ceremony, poet Christopher Logue collected a CBE for services to literature.

The writer has spent the past 45 years reworking Homer's Iliad and won the 2005 Whitbread Poetry Prize for the fifth volume of his adaptation, Cold Calls.

Logue, 80, has also written for the theatre and cinema, and once penned a pornographic novel under the pseudonym Count Palmiro Vicarion.

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