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Actor Hurt leads Queen's honours
John Hurt as Alan Clark
John Hurt recently starred as incorrigible MP Alan Clark
Actor John Hurt and opera singer Willard White lead the list of artists and entertainers named in the Queen's birthday honours.

Hurt, 64, star of films The Elephant Man and Midnight Express and the recent TV adaptation of The Alan Clark Diaries, is made a CBE.

Speaking on location in the US, where he is filming The Skeleton Key, he said the honour was "a wonderful surprise".

Jamaican-born Sir Willard White, 57 - regarded as one of the world's finest baritones - was knighted. He has sung in some of the globe's great opera houses and performed with many celebrated symphony orchestras.

Actress Patricia Routledge, 75 - arch snob Hyacinth Bucket in TV sitcom Keeping Up Appearances - gets a CBE.

The role cemented her position as one of the UK's favourite actresses and she was made an OBE in 1993.

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Sir Willard White

TV producer and writer Phil Redmond - creator of Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks - gets a CBE.

Redmond said the award for services to drama was in recognition of the work of staff at his production company Mersey TV.

He said: "It was totally unexpected and completely out of the blue. I was surprised initially, it's an odd feeling."

A CBE also goes to Roger McGough, an award-winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author.

BBC TV football pundit Trevor Brooking, a former West Ham and England star, gets a knighthood.

Brooking, 55, already an MBE, is one of the most respected analysts and commentators on the game.

At last they've recognised my charms, I've ordered up the Coat of Arms, Bought myself an ermine cape, And told the kids to bow and scrape!
Pam Ayres, On being awarded the MBE
Prolific novelist Jilly Cooper gets an OBE. Her best-sellers include Riders, Rivals, Polo and The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous - books in which her characters are often glamorous, globe-trotting celebrities.

Richard Whiteley, notorious for his puns and eccentric jokes on Channel 4's Countdown, gets an OBE.

He became known as Twice Nightly Whiteley, a reference to his appearances as anchorman on Yorkshire TV's Calendar news programme and on Countdown on the same evening.

An MBE goes to veteran TV weatherman Michael Fish, the UK's longest-serving TV weather forecaster.

In March, he won the award for best weather presenter at the TV and Radio Industries Clubs' Awards. He has also been voted as both the "worst dressed" and the "best dressed" man on TV.

Pam Ayres, who became a TV hit in the 1970s reading her poems in a West Country dialect, is awarded an MBE.

Trevor Brooking
Trevor Brooking is one of soccer's most respected analysts
She has toured in a one-woman stage show and her poem I Wish I'd Looked After me Teeth was voted into the top 10 of a BBC poll to find the nation's 100 favourite comic poems.

There is an OBE for newsreader Angela Rippon, one of the best-known faces and voices on British TV.

She once astonished and delighted millions of viewers by performing a high-kicking dance routine on a Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show.

There are OBEs for two members of Cliff Richard's former backing group The Shadows - drummer Brian Bennett and rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch.

But frontman Hank Marvin turned his down.

In a brief statement issued through his personal manager Brian Goode, Marvin, 62, said: "I feel very honoured to have been recommended for an OBE and I'm happy that both Bruce and Brian have also been recognised.

"However for personal and private reasons I've decided not to accept it."

Mr Goode said: "Brian and Bruce feel very honoured to be honoured - it's a thrill for them to receive the OBE."

There is a CBE for actor, writer and film director Bryan Forbes, who made movies Whistle Down the Wind and the original The Stepford Wives. He is married to Nanette Newman.

Conductor Dr Vernon Handley, associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, gets a CBE for services to music.

Veteran big band vocalist Rosemary Squires, who sang with famous wartime bands like Geraldo, Ted Heath and Syd Lawrence, gets an MBE.

Mike Smartt
Mike Smartt was praised for his work at BBC News Online
Her record sales run into the millions and she became a well-known figure on TV commercials, earning the title Queen of the Jingles.

David Wood, a playwright with an international reputation for entertaining children, gets an OBE. He is responsible for such favourites as The Gingerbread Man, The See-Saw Tree and Mother Goose's Golden Christmas.

Alison Chitty, an outstanding theatre designer of her day, also gets an OBE. She was resident designer at the Royal National Theatre for eight years and her work there included A Month in the Country, Don Juan, Much Ado About Nothing and Major Barbara.

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Sculptor David Nash, who also gets an OBE, is known for his work with wood and many of his pieces are placed within the natural environment.

There is an OBE for Rita Thomas, chairman of the English Amateur DanceSport Association, which has a membership of around 3,000. She has said: "You can dance from the minute you stand up to the minute you can't."

MP Gerald Kaufman, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, gets a knighthood. Mr Kaufman wrote scripts for the 1960s TV satire series That Was The Week That Was, and is author of an irreverent book called How to be a Minister.

Mike Smartt, former editor-in-chief of BBC News Interactive, is awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting.

BBC head of news Richard Sambrook said: "I'm delighted that Mike's contribution to online journalism has been recognised in this way.

"The BBC News website is a world class site thanks in large part to Mike's vision and tireless energy."


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