After a glittering career in stage and film, a CBE is “the icing on the cake”, actress Claire Bloom said this week.
Speaking from Cornwall, where she is filming for the television series Doc Martin, the 82-year-old star said she was “thrilled. It’s certainly lovely news. It is a very nice feeling to be recognised. I have worked hard and tried to do good things.”
A Bafta award winner, her credits include a turn as Queen Mary in The King’s Speech, as well as the film Look Back in Anger, in which she starred opposite Richard Burton.
Famous also for her personal life, including turbulent marriages to actor Rod Steiger and writer Philip Roth, Bloom’s first major role was in the 1952 Charlie Chaplin film, Limelight.
Although she said the CBE “for services to drama” took in her whole career, she remained particularly proud of her performance as Blanche Dubois in a 1974 West End production of A Streetcar Named Desire. “It was such a glorious play,” she said. “I’m so pleased to have been part of such a masterpiece.”