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Michael Caine given Freedom of City of London ahead of 80th birthday

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Sir Michael Caine has been handed the Freedom of the City of London today in recognition of his career in film.

The actor, who turns 80 next Thursday (March 14), was given the honour on the same day that a new exhibition opened at the Museum of London celebrating his life and work.

Sir Michael Caine says some words about Christopher Nolan.

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Michael Caine says some words about Christopher Nolan at recent Hollywood Hall of Fame ceremony



The Dark Knight star joins a long list of famous figures dating back to the 13th century (1237), the most recent of which include Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench and Paralympian David Weir.

Commenting on his exhibition, Caine said: "I think the Museum is great for London, and I am so proud to be included."

Beverley Cook, the museum curator, said: "Sir Michael Caine is one of London's most loved and recognisable characters.

"He was the first actor to bring an authentic London accent to the big screen, and although Hollywood success made him an international star, he remains inextricably linked to his London roots.

"This exhibition will celebrate how the city influenced both Caine's life and his career."

Watch the trailer for Michael Caine's upcoming film Now You See Me below:

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