Christopher Lee has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday
Honours List, for his services to drama and his charity work. Although
the 87-year-old has over 250 TV and movie credits to his name, he will
probably always be associated with horror films. It was his work with
Hammer that made him an international star, playing, amongst others,
Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy and Sir Henry Baskerville.
From there he went on to appear in other genre classics such as The Wicker Man (his personal favourite of any film he's been in) and Death Line, as well as playing Bond villain Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun. More recently he found a new generation of fans playing the evil Count Dooku in Star Wars Episodes II and III, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings
trilogy. Aside from his acting work, Lee has also been a supporter of
the United Nations childrens charity UNICEF for many years.