Harriet Walter revealed that her damehood causes her ‘nightmares’ as she opened up about the title.
The Succession actress, 72, said the title isn’t recognisable on most websites when she is trying to make payments or a booking.
The Crown star, who was awarded the gong in 2011 for services to acting by Queen Elizabeth, explained her struggles with the title.
She said: ‘It’s on one of my bank cards but not the other. But also it causes all sorts of nightmares on most websites because they have a drop-down menu saying, “What’s your title?” and they practically never have dame on there.’
She added: ‘Sometimes I go, OK, if I want people to know I’m a dame, it’ll say first name, and I’ll put Dame Harriet.
‘It causes all sorts of nightmares’: Harriet Walter revealed that her damehood causes her ‘nightmares’ as she opened up about the title on Wednesday (pictured 2019)
‘And then you go to the airport and they say, “You’re not here”. I’ll say, “Look under D”.’
Dame Harriet previously revealed that she had planned to snub the Queen’s offer of a damehood – but decided to accept the honour as a ‘feminist’ move.
In an interview in 2020, she said: ‘My first reaction was, “I’m going to be really right on and turn it down”.
‘I thought, “I’m an egalitarian and I don’t believe in inequality.” And then I thought, “You know what? All the guys in my profession, when they get to a certain age they get offered a knighthood and part of it is because they’ve had the access to the roles that will keep them in the profession for decades”.
‘And I wanted to say, “Come on, let’s hear it for the dames!” Suddenly my egalitarian credentials went down the tubes and my feminist credentials dominated.’
The actress has enjoyed a five-decade career encompassing more than 70 films and TV shows, including Call The Midwife, The Crown and Downton Abbey. But her big success came as the evil mentor to Jodie Comer’s Villanelle in Killing Eve.
She said of playing ‘gloriously immoral’ Dasha: ‘It’s different to anything I’ve ever done. I have a crazy side to me that no one has ever seen. I’ve played a lot of aristocratic people. It’s so nice to play someone loopy.’
The niece of the late horror actor Sir Christopher Lee, Dame Harriet was rejected by five drama schools before landing a place at the London Academy of Music and Art.
Opening up: The actress, 72, said the title isn’t recognisable on most websites when she is trying to make payments or a booking (pictured 2017)
In April this year, Dame Harriet opened up about not having children – admitting she never felt she was ‘cut out for it’.
She added that she has wondered whether having children of her own would have made it easier for her to play a mother.
The thespian also discussed how there are no rules to happiness – noting that some people can be childfree and ‘blissfully happy,’ and that people who are married with children can be unhappy.
Writing in the Sunday Times, the London-based actress also opened up about falling in love with her husband, Guy Paul, in her late 50s.
Harriet reflected on whether not being a mother herself should prevent her from portraying one on screen.
‘I never had children – does that mean I can’t play Lady Caroline? I sometimes wonder if I could bring something else to the part if I had. The fact is I never felt cut out for it,’ the actress wrote.
She added that having children does not guarantee happiness, and that there are no rules as to what should make you happy in life.
Career: The actress has enjoyed a five-decade career encompassing more than 70 films and TV shows, including playing Lady Caroline Collingwood in Succession (pictured)
‘I have friends with children who have been in long marriages and they’re unhappy. I have friends with no children, no partner and they’re blissfully happy. There are no rules,’ she said.
The actress has been married to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor Guy Paul since 2011, when she was 60.
The couple met five years after the death of Harriet’s fiancé, the actor Peter Blythe, from lung cancer in 2004.
The actress admitted she didn’t know if she would be able to love again following Blythe’s death, but eventually fell for Paul while working on a play, with their romance blossoming backstage.