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Queen to knight 'Star Trek' star Stewart

Queen to knight 'Star Trek' star Stewart
British actor Patrick Stewart arrives on stage during the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival at the Grand Rex Theatre in Paris on April 21, 2007. Stewart later received the Life Achievement Award. (UPI Photo/David Silpa) | License Photo

LONDON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will knight "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor Patrick Stewart, Buckingham Palace sources say.

The Mirror reported Saturday that Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the science-fiction TV series and in multiple "Trek" films, will be honored by the queen for his 50-year career on television, cinema and the theater.

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"It's a fantastic accolade for a fantastic actor," an unidentified observer said of Stewart being added to the New Year's Honors list.

"He is a man at the very top of his trade who has mastered both popular TV and classic roles."

The Mirror said Stewart, who was born in Mirfield, England, began acting with a small drama group while attempting to become a reporter in his youth.

The 69-year-old actor went on to roles in films such as "Dune," "Masterminds" and the "X-Men" film series.

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