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 Tuesday, 31 December, 2002, 00:02 GMT
Bates and Scott lead showbiz honours
Sir Alan Bates
Alan Bates is one of the UK's most respected actors
Actor Alan Bates and director Ridley Scott head the entertainment and showbusiness figures in the New Year honours list, becoming knights.

Bates, who becomes Sir Alan, was one of the most important British actors to emerge during the 1950s and 1960s, building up a reputation as one of the original "angry young men" of English theatre.

The 68-year-old starred in key productions like John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, and has generally stayed away from big box office hits, preferring to tackle more demanding roles on stage and screen.

Sir Ridley Scott
Knight: Ridley Scott's Gladiator was a worldwide hit
His film credits include Georgy Girl, A Kind Of Loving, The Fixer - where he was nominated for his only Oscar, in 1969 - and, most recently, costume drama Gosford Park.

Scott, who becomes Sir Ridley, won five Oscars for his 2000 Roman epic Gladiator, and followed it up with Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal.

After starting out working on 1960s TV hit Z Cars, he worked on advertising during the 1970s, transferring to the cinema with sci-fi thrillers Alien and Blade Runner.

'Difficult decision'

Edward Fox in Secret Lives of Ghosts and Werewolves
Edward Fox is known for his patrician roles
Prolific actor, director and writer Brian Cox is made a CBE. His most acclaimed roles included the lead in Manhunter - the precursor to Silence of The Lambs - and, most recently, as a lonely paedophile in LIE.

But the Scotsman said he did not agree with the honours system, and was only accepting the CBE in the hope it would benefit the film and theatre industry in his native country.

"It was a very difficult decision for me to make and I discussed it with my family and friends," he said.

He referred to Shakespearean actor Paul Scofield, who declined a knighthood but became a Companion of Honour in the 2001 New Year Honours list.

"If it's good enough for Paul Scofield, it's good enough for me," he said.

Veteran actress Jean Simmons, 73, receives an OBE in the diplomatic list. A child star of the early 1940s, she starred in classics such as Great Expectations, Black Narcissus, and Guys and Dolls.

Her first of two Oscar nominations came in 1949, after she starred opposite Laurence Olivier's Hamlet.


Bryn Terfel
Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel is honoured
An OBE also goes to Brenda Blethyn, currently starring in the West End production of Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession.

Blethyn joined the National Theatre in 1975, and the 56-year-old has starred in A Midsummer's Night Dream, Roald Dahl's The Witches and Tom Stoppard's Dalliance. She picked up Oscar nominations in 1997 for Secrets and Lies, and the following year for Little Voice.

She said: said: "I was overwhelmed when I heard the news and absolutely delighted to be honoured like this."

Edward Fox, whose most famous role was as the Duke of Windsor in 1978 TV series Edward and Mrs Simpson, also gets an OBE. Famous for his patrician characters, he recently starred in the BBC's adaptation of Daniel Deronda.

One of British film's unsung heroes - artist Stuart Craig - gets an OBE for his work on productions such as the recent Harry Potter movies.

Norma Waterson
Folk veteran Norma Waterson gets an OBE
Former British Board of Film Classification president Andreas Whittam Smith, who stepped down from the post in the summer to take a role with the Church of England, is made a CBE.

Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel is made a CBE, as is conductor Jane Glover, who has worked with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Royal Philarmonic, the London Symphony and the Halle.

Musicians and broadcasters

Folk musician Norma Waterson gets an OBE, nearly four decades after she founded her group, The Watersons. Jazz and big band trombonist Don Lusher also gets an OBE.

Comedian Jasper Carrott, whose self-deprecating brand of humour won him a legion of fans over three decades, said he was "thrilled and humbled" to get an OBE.

The 56-year-old is honoured for his work for various charities, including several local causes in and around his native Birmingham.

Carrott Confidential in 1989
Jasper Carrott is honoured for charity work
In broadcasting, former Granada creative director Andrea Wonfor, the woman behind BBC children's drama Byker Grove and 1980s music show The Tube, gets an OBE.

Former head of BBC radio drama John Tydeman is honoured with an OBE for a career which has included directing Visiting Julia and Death of a Salesman.

TV chef Rick Stein said he felt "incredibly proud" to receive an OBE after five series featuring his seafood cuisine.

Legendary rugby commentator Bill McLaren is made a CBE, while his cricket counterpart Henry Blofeld gets an OBE.

ITN's former editor-in-chief Richard Tait is made a CBE, as is Granada chief executive Charles Allen, for his work heading the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

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