A knighthood for Olympics’ Danny Bolye?—‘Why I want to stay plain Mr’
Olympic ceremony mastermind Danny Boyle switched on the Christmas lights in London’s East End at Britain’s first urban community land trust development—then spoke of his reluctance to accept a knighthood.
Widespread media speculation suggested today (Mon) that the famous film director has already turned down the title which would have been in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Last Thursday, he laughed at the suggestion of a title when lighting up a 15ft Christmas bow on the front of the old St Clement’s Hospital—just yards from his home in Mile End.
“New Year Honours?—that’s not for me,” he said. “It’s not my cup of tea.
“I was very proud to have done the Olympics Opening ceremony.
You may also want to watch:
“But that world of titles is not for me.
“Plain ‘Danny’ suits me. I’m even embarrassed when people address me as plain ‘Mr’ Boyle. Just ‘Danny’ is fine.”
- 1 Man killed after fall from Bow tower block
- 2 14 charged with alleged drug dealing and money laundering offences
- 3 19 arrested and cash seized in East End dawn drug raids
- 4 Panel finds gross misconduct proven against Pc arrested on suspicion of drug dealing
- 5 Road and rail round-up: Disruptions to travel in east London this week
- 6 Revealed: The most popular baby names in your area in 2020
- 7 Why some families can't leave Bow's 'dangerous structure' tower block
- 8 Prison sentence increased for 'violent and dangerous' man
- 9 Police officers save lives in two sperate emergencies on same shift
- 10 Tower hamlets killing: £20,000 reward offered as two men sought for queries
Whitehall’s Arts & Media Honours committee was reported to have approached the Oscar-winning director, but was turned down. Downing Street today refused to comment.
Danny joins legendary director Alfred Hitchcock who turned down a CBE in 1962—although Hitchcock eventually accepted a knighthood in 1979.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson declined and OBE in 2001, followed by author JG Ballard refusing a CBE in 2003. Painter LS Lowry turned down several honours between 1955 and 1976, including a knighthood, while John Lennon returned his MBE in 1969 which he accepted four years earlier when the Beatles were at the height of their fame.
But on Thursday, plain ‘Mr’ Boyle was more concerned with illuminating the big red bow at St Clement’s—appropriately at the beginning of the Bow Road.
Jessica Hardman, aged 8, and her little sister Keira, 6, from Mile End, had the thrill of their lives when he asked them to throw the switch for him.
The big red bow on the front of the building symbolises the six-acre site being given as a gift to the East London Community Land Trust to help solve the chronic housing shortage.