Ridley Scott Knighted with Grand Cross for Services to British Cinema

The 86-year-old, who is currently filming Gladiator 2, attended a ceremony at Windsor Castle hosted by the Prince of Wales, Prince William

by Sededin Dedovic
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Ridley Scott Knighted with Grand Cross for Services to British Cinema
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This 86-year-old, whose films include "Gladiator," "Blade Runner," and "Alien," attended a ceremony at Windsor Castle hosted by the Prince of Wales, Prince William. Director Sir Ridley Scott was honored with the Knight Grand Cross in recognition of his contributions to the British film industry, as reported by the BBC.

Sir Ridley, born in South Shields and educated at West Hartlepool College of Art, was knighted in 2002. Among others honored on Wednesday were former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and UEFA Women's Euro 2022 goalkeeper Mary Erps.

Sir Ridley began his career as a set designer for the BBC but soon moved up to director, working on classic TV shows, including the popular police series Z Cars. In 1977, he made his first foray into films with "The Duellists," which won the Jury Prize for Best First Work at the Cannes Film Festival.

He followed this with significant science fiction films "Alien" (1979) and "Blade Runner" (1982). "Alien," starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, became what Bafta described as "one of the most influential science fiction films of all time." His first venture into cinema was with "The Duellists" in 1977, which won the jury prize for best first work at the Cannes Film Festival.

This was followed by the groundbreaking science fiction films "Alien" in 1979 and "Blade Runner" in 1982. "I was going to be an art teacher at first, there was no film school when I was a kid," he revealed. Regarding his upcoming film "Gladiator 2," Sir Ridley remained tight-lipped about the character of Lucius Verus, played by Irish actor Paul Mescal.

He simply stated: "My job is to try and just be discreet about the mystery of who this man might be. Frequently sequels are kind of hard work, this film is a legitimate story, which answers questions like what is the reason, why does this happen and who." Sir Ridley was awarded the Bafta Fellowship in 2018.

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