Scottish actor Brian Cox has said he regrets becoming a CBE and would never accept a knighthood.
The Dundee-born star said he should have “thought better” after accepting the honour in 2003 for his services to drama.
Cox, 73, has campaigned for Scottish independence and said he did not think he would be made a Sir because of that.
But he insisted he would turn it down anyway as he feels uncomfortable with the royal family and the honours system.
He said: “When I became a CBE I did it at a time when I should have thought better but I accepted it because I’m fickle.
“Now I would never be a knight. I wouldn’t want to do that.
“A CBE is usually a precursor to getting a knighthood. I got my CBE a while ago and I have been so active in Scottish independence.
“They are determined to keep the Queen, she goes with the whole nine yards, we don’t get rid of her. It will never be a proper republic.”
Cox won best actor in a TV drama for his role as media magnate Logan Roy in Succession at the Golden Globe awards earlier this month.
He was speaking on the Marc Maron podcast.
Earlier this month, New York-based Cox caused controversy after he confessed he is a regular cannabis smoker.
His comments saw him dropped as the patron of a daycare centre for pensioners in Dundee.