L'acteur russe Vasily Livanov a reçu, jeudi dernier à Moscou, la fameuse distinction britannique, The Order of British Empire, pour son rôle de Sherlock Holmes dans une série russe filmée fin des années 1970-début des années 1980.
From ITAR-TASS News Agency
(Russia) Thursday June 15, 2006
Russian actor gets Order of British Empire
Russian actor Vassily Livanov on Thursday received the Order of the British Empire for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in a Soviet TV serial filmed in late 1970's and early 1980's.
Livanov was decorated with the order on the occasion of 80th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
British Ambassador to Russia Anthony Brenton, who handed the award to the actor at a gala party in the embassy's building on Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya in Moscow, said Livanov received the order for producing an image of English tolerance and intellectualism in the Russian cinematic art.
The Ambassador also said that, by performing Holmes, Livanov had made a unique contribution to Russo-British relations and stimulated the Russians' interest to England and especially to Baker Street.
British experts believe Vassily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin, who performed Dr Watson in the same serial and who died a few years, did their jobs better than other actors who had taken up the roles before them.
As he thanked the authorities of the United Kingdom for the award, Livanov said: « God save the Queen and the great Russian art. »
A total of 500 guests, including diplomats, public personalities, politicians, military attaches and arts professionals were invited to the gala party on the occasion of Her Majesty's jubilee.
source : ITAR-TASS