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British Film Stars Snub Brown Nose Culture
- 'It has been a total freak-out,' says Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell

BAFTA winners Albert Finney and Jamie Bell have hit out at the bowing and scraping that goes hand in velvet glove with celebrity.

Finney, who was awarded a lifetime achievement award at this week's Bafta's, has snubbed a knighthood saying, "The Sir thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England - snobbery."

The 64 year-old, brought up in a working-class family in Salford, said he'd prefer it if people called him Mister. "Maybe people in America think being a Sir is a great deal, but I think we should all be Misters together."

Meanwhile Jamie Bell is also fed up with the obsequious side of the fame game. "It has been a total freak-out," the 13 year-old star of Billy Elliot said. "I'm surrounded by all these people who want to please me - it's becoming a nightmare." Bell, who failed to win an Oscar nomination, is to concentrate on his schoolwork "I'm trying to study for my GCSE exams," he said.

However, one celebrity who won't be refusing the Royals is JK Rowling. The Harry Potter author is to accept an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace later today for her services to children's literature.

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