Benedict Cumberbatch has been made a CBE by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The Sherlock star is being honoured for his work as an actor and his charitable efforts.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: "It's fantastic, it's quite nerve-wracking, there is nothing really that prepares you for it.
"It's a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognised in this way."
He added: "It was wonderful, it was the first time I've ever met her and to meet her and be honoured by her was extraordinary."
The actor was joined at the ceremony by his theatre director wife Sophie Hunter.
Cumberbatch recently completed a three-month run in Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Barbican.