Naomie Harris praised Danny Boyle as she was appointed an OBE at Buckingham Palace.
The 40-year-old actress was honoured by the Queen for her services to drama at an investiture ceremony on Thursday. She described the honour as “phenomenal” and credited her career to director Danny Boyle who she said ‘took a chance’ on her when she was starting out as an actress.
“This is really phenomenal,” she told reporters. “This is representing my country and being recognised for having made a contribution to the nation. It can’t get better than that.
“I credit so much to Danny Boyle. He really gave me a chance when nobody else would at the start of my career when I had no credits to my name. “Then later on he gave me a part in Frankenstein at the National after having left drama school ten years before and not having done any theatre. He took a chance again and that’s how Bond happened.”
Harris said the Queen asked her about her upcoming projects and congratulated her on the success of her award winning film, Moonlight. Speaking about meeting the monarch, Harris said: “I was impressed by how youthful she looked. She looked incredibly young and really healthy – and she has good skin.”