Pierce: From Sexiest to Queen's Honor

updated 07/15/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/15/2003 01:00AM

PEOPLE named Pierce Brosnan the Sexiest Man Alive in 2001 -- and now, Queen Elizabeth is about to give him another honor.

Brosnan, 50, star of the last four James Bond movies, will be made an honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire -- honorary, because he is Irish, reports the Associated Press.

The British ambassador in Dublin, Stewart Eldon, reportedly will present Brosnan the award on Saturday.

The actor was named 2001's Sexiest Man Alive, PEOPLE noted, because of his good deeds, good looks, charm, manliness, confidence, compassion and a firm belief in commitment. Her Majesty is citing him for promoting Britain's image on screen and for his serving as campaign chairman for the Entertainment Industry Foundation and as a special patron of UNICEF in Ireland.

"Pierce Brosnan has captivated audiences at home in Ireland, here in the U.K. and across the world," British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Monday.

"In his portrayal of 007 ... he has added style and glamor to the image of Britain overseas. But he has also worked very hard behind the scenes in supporting an array of charitable causes," Straw said.

Said Brosnan: "I feel privileged to have been recognized by Her Majesty, the Queen, with this award. ... I am fortunate to be surrounded by passionate and courageous individuals whose tireless efforts are an inspiration to me both personally and professionally."

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