Stars including the likes of Joanna Lumley, Kate Garraway and Daniel Craig have been listed in this year’s New Year Honours, capping off 2021 on a high.
The star-studded list was revealed on Friday and saw stars of the TV and film screen, authors and songwriters make up the celebrity inclusions in the honours list for their worthy services.
When it comes to Lumley, she is now Dame Joanna to you lot now, after previously being made an OBE.
Reflecting on the illustrious plaudit, Lumley told PA News Agency she is ‘astonished, thrilled and touched beyond words’.
She added: ‘It comes as a complete and unexpected surprise, and is the kindest and most beautiful present imaginable.’
Acting aside, Lumley has also made a name for herself as a campaigner, fighting for the rights of Gurkhas to settle in the UK and also supporting numerous environmental campaigns.
Lumley is joined in her damehood by Vanessa Redgrave who also received the honour.
Redgrave, who has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning best supporting actress in 1977, said: ‘I’m surprised and grateful to join this wondrous group of British artists whose work has inspired me and audiences the world over.
‘My generation fought for freedom of expression. Long may this remain.’
She won the Bafta for best actress in television in 1967 and was given the Bafta Fellowship in 2010 and is also one of a handful of prominent actresses to be awarded the British Film Institute’s most prestigious accolade, the BFI Fellowship – receiving the honour in 1988.
Redgrave was also made a CBE in 1967.
Good Morning Britain host Garraway has been made an MBE after documenting her husband Derek Draper’s battle with Covid-19 and its after-effects.
The TV presenter, 54, has been recognised for her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity as a well-known face on ITV, having presented multiple shows including GMB, GMTV and Lorraine in a career spanning several decades.
In September 2021 she won the authored documentary prize at the National Television Awards for her hard-hitting documentary Finding Derek which charted her family’s struggle to get her husband home from hospital after he became seriously ill with Covid in March 2020.
Meanwhile, Coronation Street actor William Roache has said he is ‘delighted’ to have been made an OBE.
Fellow soap star, actress June Brown, best known as chain-smoking Albert Square stalwart Dot Cotton in EastEnders, has also been made an OBE, while Spice Girl Melanie Brown has been made an MBE for her work with domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.
Pioneering director Horace Ove has said his honour is ‘testament to how far we have come and in many respects how far we still have to go’, as he becomes a knight for services to media.
Also made a knight is Deliverance director John Boorman.
Veteran broadcaster Moira Stuart has said ‘it hasn’t been easy’ but she is ‘moved and lifted’ to be made a CBE, while comedian Adam Hills, now an MBE, still isn’t sold on his honour not being a joke.
In fact, he said he didn’t tell his family he had been named in the New Year Honours list because he was ‘still not convinced someone isn’t playing a prank on me’.
Dancer and choreographer Ashley Banjo has said he is ‘humbled and extremely proud’ to have been made an MBE following a year in which he became a spokesman for issues around racial equality.
The 33-year-old added: ‘It really is the ultimate accolade. It’s something I never saw coming and for my mum and dad to see this moment means the world.’
James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, the same honour given to 007.
A CMG is the honour often given to diplomats, and the fictional spy is described as holding it in both the films and the books by Ian Fleming.
Staying on the 007 track, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been made a CBE
Songwriter Bernie Taupin, best known for his long-running and fruitful collaboration with Sir Elton John, has been made an OBE for services to music.
Taupin wrote the lyrics for some of the singer’s greatest hits including Rocketman, Tiny Dancer and Candle In The Wind.
The pair won an Academy Award in 2019 for best original song for I’m Gonna Love Me Again which featured in the film Rocketman – a biopic about Sir Elton’s life.
Alongside Taupin in the honours, Alex Rider author Anthony Horowitz, 66, has been made a CBE for services to literature, while Pauline Black, 68, frontwoman of influential 2-tone band The Selecter, has been made an OBE for services to entertainment following a four-decade career in the arts.
Then we have Loose Women star Katie Piper, who has been made an OBE, while consumer champion Martin Lewis has been made a CBE in the latest New Year Honours list for services to broadcasting and consumer rights.
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