Dame Maggie Smith is set to receive one of Britain's highest awards as part of Queen Elizabeth II's annual Birthday Honours list.

The Oscar winner is expected to be named as a Companion of Honour when this year's (14) list is unveiled on Saturday (14May14).

Smith will join the ranks of previous recipients including Sir Ian MCKellen and her close pal and Tea with Mussolini co-star Dame Judi Dench.

Smith was made a dame by the monarch in 1990 for services to the performing arts.