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Moore and Mirren lead honours list
Helen Mirren
Actress Helen Mirren has had a distinguished career on stage and screen
James Bond actor Roger Moore and Prime Suspect star Helen Mirren lead a distinguished list of entertainers named in the Queen's birthday honours.

Moore, the quintessentially English lead in seven Bond films, is knighted in the diplomatic list for his services to the children's charity Unicef.

Mirren - best known for her role as tough TV detective Jane Tennison - is made a dame.

Sir Roger, 75, said: "I am so proud to be the recipient of this great honour.

Roger Moore [above] joins celebrities from stage, screen and music on this year's list

"I accept this title on behalf of the many thousands of volunteers and workers at Unicef who dedicate their lives to helping the millions of children in need around the world today."

Dame Helen, 57 - born Ilynea Lydia Mironoff of Russian descent - said she was "absolutely thrilled" to have been made a dame.

Comedian Billy Connolly, musician Sting and TV chef Jamie Oliver are among other showbusiness figures featuring in Saturday's honours.

Stage and screen recipients include veteran actors Richard Briers, Jim Dale and Ian Carmichael, and actresses Geraldine James and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Pop and rock music is also well represented, with awards for TV presenter Jools Holland, Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour and former Hot Chocolate frontman Errol Brown.

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Jamie Oliver
Comic Connolly, a former shipyard worker known as the Big Yin, is made a CBE.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, one of pop music's most successful performers, also becomes a CBE.

Naked Chef presenter Oliver, who recently opened a restaurant staffed by disadvantaged youngsters, is made an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

"I'm very pleased - this is terrific," he said. "Does that mean I don't get any more parking tickets? No, seriously, I'm very honoured."

In the world of acting, sitcom star Richard Briers - also a renowned Shakespearean actor - is made a CBE.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he said. "It's more than 12 years ago that I picked up the OBE so to get this is marvellous."

Carry On actor Jim Dale, who has voiced the Harry Potter audio books in the US, is made an MBE. Carmichael, 82, famous as TV's Bertie Wooster and Lord Peter Wimsey, is made an OBE.

A CBE goes to renowned Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale, who gave his first theatre performance in Othello at the age of 14.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Oscar-nominated for her role in The English Patient, is made an OBE, while Geraldine James, star of last year's BBC adaptation of Crime and Punishment, is made an OBE.

Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas starred in The English Patient and Four Weddings and a Funeral
Jools Holland, host of TV's Later programme and a talented pianist, becomes an OBE. Holland said: "I am tremendously honoured to receive this award and proud that the art of boogie-ing has been officially recognised."

Gerry Marsden, singer with 1960s Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers, is made an MBE. Marsden, who recorded Ferry Cross The Mersey and You'll Never Walk Alone, gets the honour for his services to charity on Merseyside.

Dave Gilmour, guitarist, songwriter and singer with Pink Floyd, is made a CBE; and Errol Brown, singer of the world-famous Hot Chocolate hit You Sexy Thing, is made an MBE.

Gary Brooker, who sang A Whiter Shade of Pale for Procol Harum, also becomes an MBE. Bill Oddie, host of TV nature shows and a former member of 1970s comedy act The Goodies, is made an OBE.

Billy Connolly with wife Pamela Stephenson
Billy Connolly is being honoured for his services to entertainment
An OBE also goes to Loyd Grossman, former presenter of the TV Masterchef programme, who worked on the Better Hospital Food campaign.

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor, famous for creating one of the world's biggest indoor sculptures, is made a CBE.

A CBE also goes to BBC Radio 2 controller James Moir, while John Tusa, managing director of the Barbican arts centre in London, is knighted.

Moir said: "I'm very touched and my thoughts turn to all the colleagues with whom I collaborated in both radio and television over so many years, who all share in this honour."

An OBE in the Diplomatic List goes to David Willey, the BBC's Rome correspondent.


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Roger Moore, David Beckham and Jamie Oliver are honoured by the Queen.


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