10 Famous People Who Turned Down Knighthoods

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday is one of the most famous scientists to come out of the United Kingdom. Known for his work in chemistry and physics, he was instrumental in determining an understanding of electricity and discovered the electromagnetic field. Faraday turned down a number of honors and awards in his later career, preferring to remain as normal as possible.

Vanessa Redgrave

Widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the world, Vanessa Redgrave has been lauded by critics and her colleagues for decades. During that time she has received a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Tony and even an Oscar. She turned down a knighthood as she believed it would detract from her role as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef, something that she feels is far more important in her life.