Michael Apted named Companion of the Order
Directors Guild of America president Michael Apted has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his work in the film and TV industries, including six years as DGA president.In a Feb. 18 ceremony in London, the queen made Apted a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. The order is awarded to men and women who have held, or will hold, high office or those who render “extraordinary or important” non-military service in a foreign country. The order of chivalry was founded in 1818 by the Prince Regent (later King George IV) and includes three classes: Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross; Knight Commander or Dame Commander; and Companion. Apted’s directing credits include “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “The World Is Not Enough” and the “Seven Up” documentary series. Apted will direct the third “Narnia” installment, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Apted’s a native of Buckinghamshire, England. Besides George Sidney, he holds the DGA record for longest consecutive service as president of the guild.