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Knighthoods for Jason and Wogan
David Jason and Terry Wogan
David Jason and Terry Wogan get knighthoods
David Jason and Terry Wogan have been given knighthoods in the Queen's birthday honours, while Dame Judi Dench is to be made a Companion of Honour.

Sir David, 65, is the popular star of TV's Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost, while Wogan's long-running career spans both radio and television.

Wogan, 66, will not be known as Sir because he is an Irish citizen.

Other stars on the honours list include Jonathan Ross, Midge Ure, guitarist Brian May and actress Stephanie Cole.

'Wonderful cast'

Dame Judi, whose roles have ranged from Queen Victoria and author Iris Murdoch to M in the James Bond films, is the only person to be made of the Companion of Honour in this honours list.

Dame Judi Dench

Only 65 people in the country have that title at any one time.

Dame Judi said: "I am honoured and thrilled to be part of such a wonderful cast."

Sir David, who was "delighted and humbled", added: "I can only hope the honour will bring a little pleasure to the viewing public, as it has brought great pleasure to me and my family."

Former chat show host Wogan, who receives an honorary knighthood, boasts the highest audience of any UK radio DJ with his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show.

"I'm surprised and delighted that Her Majesty has given me this honour," he said. "I hope I can prove worthy of it."

Opera singer John Tomlinson, a regular performer with the Royal Opera House and English National Opera (ENO), is also knighted.

Brian May

The Lancashire-born singer is best-known for acclaimed performances of Wagner and has performed annually at the Richard Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Germany, since 1988.

Queen guitarist Brian May is made a CBE for services to music.

The 57-year-old rock star was behind hit tracks including We Will Rock You and Who Wants To Live Forever.

CBEs also go to film producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, better known as the founders of Working Title.

Radio force

The pair, who won an award for outstanding contribution to British film at the 2004 Bafta film awards, were behind British comedies including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary.

Jonathan Ross, who has received multiple awards for his radio show on BBC Radio Two, is made an OBE for his services to broadcasting.

Midge Ure
Midge Ure is one of the organisers of the Live 8 concerts in July

The 44-year-old entertainer, who also hosts BBC One chat show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and Film 2005, was named the most powerful person in radio last week.

Singer Midge Ure, former Ultravox frontman and one of the driving forces behind both Band Aid and Live Aid, is granted an OBE for services to music and charity.

Ure, who has helped organise the Live 8 concerts on 2 July to highlight global poverty and debt, said it was "great" to be recognised for both his music and charity work.

And BBC correspondent Frank Gardner said he was "absolutely thrilled" to be made an OBE for his services to journalism after "a very tough year for me and my family".

The 43-year-old has returned to work after being shot six times by militants in Saudi Arabia in June 2004.

Stephanie Cole
Stephanie Cole played Diana in BBC sitcom Waiting for God

Actress Stephanie Cole, 63, best known for her roles in Tenko and Waiting for God, is made an OBE for services to drama, elderly people and mental health charities.

And an MBE goes to BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Sarah Kennedy, 54, who came to public attention as one of four hosts of the 1980s game show Game For A Laugh.

Scottish opera star Lisa Milne is also made an MBE in the birthday honours.

And Sylvia Young, founder of London's Sylvia Young Theatre School, is to be made an OBE. Former pupils at the acting school include Denise Van Outen, Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Doctor Who star Billie Piper.




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