Jim Broadbent, 72, was offered an OBE in 2002, following his Oscar win for his role in Iris, but he chose to turn it down. In a new interview, he explained why he made the decision to decline the prestigious title, admitting it was “not a good look”.
Chatting to Radio Times, he noted that there were more deserving recipients of an OBE than actors.
“We get treated well all the time,” he explained.
“Actors who get these awards have all won lots of treats along the way doing what they love doing – they don’t need more presents.”
He then added: “But the main reason for turning it down is this…
“But I was lucky because the list was leaked, which meant I got the best of both worlds.
“They knew I’d been offered it and they knew I’d turned it down.”
In the same interview, the legendary actor, who’s known for his roles in Harry Potter, The Borrowers, Moulin Rouge and The Iron Lady, stated that he doesn’t regard himself as a “national treasure”, even though… many would argue that he is.
“Oh no!” he winced.
“Well yes, I suppose so, in a way.
“A C-list national treasure. I’m not a Thora Hird or a Julie Waters,” he laughed.
Jim’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.