Grant Morrison has been recognized as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to film and literature on the just-released Queen’s Honours Birthday list.
An order of chivalry established in 1917 by George V, the Order of the British Empire consists of five ranks, with Member being the lowest. Only the highest ranks automatically confer a knighthood, so the writer won’t be referred to as “Sir Grant.” (However, he does get to include “MBE” after his name.)
Thor director Kenneth Branagh is another story: He’s been knighted for services to drama and to the community in Northern Ireland. “I feel very humble,” he said. “I feel elated.” If you’re confused by all of this (I know I am), BBC News has a handy guide to the U.K.’s honors system.
Born in Glasgow in 1960, the 52-year-old Morrison now divides his time between Los Angeles and Scotland.