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Peter Capaldi has been active in the acting world since the ' 80s , but he reached worldwide fame with his turn as the twelfth Doctor in " Doctor Who. " Capaldi is shy to talk about it publicly, but he did turn down an OBE sometime in the 2010s . He said, " I think it's lovely that people get them, but it's not really my thing. "
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Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest minds in human history, a renowned physicist and cosmologist who has significantly contributed to our understanding of the universe, particularly in the area of black holes. Hawking turned down an offer of knighthood sometime in the ‘ 90s as a form of protest against Britain’s lack of scientific funding.
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David Bowie was a musical legend, known for his multi-stage career that spanned six decades. Bowie found fame through a number of hits, including “Suffragette City,” “ Rebel Rebel ,” “Space Oddity” and countless others. Bowie was offered a CBE in 2000, and a knighthood in 2003, but turned them both down. Said Bowie, “I seriously don’t know what it’s for.”
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Alan Rickman was a notable British character actor best known for his roles as Hans Gruber in " Die Hard " and Severus Snape in the " Harry Potter " series. Rickman turned down a CBE , although he never made his reasoning public. There has been a posthumous campaign to get Rickman knighted, but so far there's been no indication that it will happen.
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