Awww...Patrick Stewart gets knighted, thanks his English teacher

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Call him Sir Patrick Stewart from now on, and deservedly so. The Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men star finally received his knighthood, which was announced late last year. As he accepted the "unlooked for" honor from the queen, he made sure to thank the former teacher who gave him his start. According to the BBC News:

The 69-year-old said he owed "literally everything" to the English teacher who first encouraged him to perform.

"Although many people in my life have had great influence on me, without this man none of it would have happened," he said following Wednesday's investiture.

The classically-trained actor is best known for his roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films