Theatrical royalty, husband and wife Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti, picked up they honours from The Princess Royal, on behalf of the Queen, at an investiture at Windsor Castle yesterday, 30 March 2022.
The acting and writing couple were included in the Queen’s New Year honours list, and were awarded a CBE for Adrian Lester, and OBE for Lolita Chakrabarti.
Adrian Lester is a multi award winning actor, writer and director, who has received an Ian Charleson Award, Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and British Independent Film Award.
His stage credits include Cheek by Jowl’s As You Like It, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Company, Hamlet, Henry V, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Red Velvet, Othello, Hymn, and The Lehman Trilogy. TV credits include Hustle, Girlfriends, The Ghost Squad, Bonekickers and Merlin, and on film he has appeared in Primary Colors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Day After Tomorrow.
Lolita Chakrabarti is an acclaimed writer and actress, with particular recognition for her stage adaptations. Her award-winning stage adaptation of Life of Pi is currently running at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London. Other adaptations include Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Her writing credits include Hymn, Red Velvet, and Message in a Bottle. Her awards include an Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics’ Circle Award.
As an actress, Lolita’s stage credits include Fanny and Alexander, Hamlet, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Last Seen, Free Outgoing and John Gabriel Borkman. TV work includes Vigil, Showtrial, The Wheel of Time, Criminal: UK, Riviera, Delicious, Defending the Guilty, All Is True, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, The Casual Vacancy, My Mad Fat Diary, Jekyll and Hyde, Intruders, Bodies, Vera, Outnumbered, Hustle, Born to Kill, Forgiven, Extras, William and Mary, Fortysomething, Holby City, Silent Witness, and The Bill.
Other stars recognised in the Queen’s New Year honours list include Vanessa Redgrave, who is about to star in My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum; Joanna Lumley; Sadler’s Wells artistic director Alistair Spalding; theatre designer Lez Brotherston; and National Theatre CEO Lisa Burger, who was recently also honoured with a Special Recognition Award from the Olivier Awards.