Idris Elba is on a roll: Earlier this year he won a SAG Award and an Independent Spirit Award, his movie Bastille Day hits theaters in his native U.K. next month, and he is a much buzzed-about contender for the next James Bond. And now he's been made a member of the Order of the British Empire. The actor received the Order's insignia from Prince William in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday. Best of all, the visit "made my mum very happy," he said in a tweet.
The award, known as an OBE, means Elba is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and is presented to recognize "valuable service" in fields ranging from business to science, public service, charity work, and arts. Elba was awarded his for "services to drama."
Although the honors are handed out by either Queen Elizabeth or another member of the royal family standing in for her, the recipient list is decided by the government. And tghere is no title attached, so we won't hear him refereed to as "Sir Idris"—at least not yet (he might eventually be made a knight, like Sir Patrick Stewart, for example.)
The star was accompanied by his mother, Eve, who wore a black jacket and gold dress, headscarf, and scarf, all in an African textile that paid tribute to her Ghanaian heritage. Elba himself wore a dapper blue suit, which he captured in a tweet on the way to the palace. "Flying the East End flag at Buckingham Palace today!!! OBE Day..... How does the boy look? Feeling Proppa...:)," he captioned the photo.
He was equally enthused when the honor was announced at the end of 2015: "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, what a year," he said at the time. When it comes to getting an award from the Queen, even Luther loses his cool.