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Harris leads Queen's honours list
Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The 76-year-old artist and entertainer recently painted a portrait of the Queen for her 80th birthday.

TV presenter Esther Rantzen and ballerina Darcey Bussell also become CBEs, while actor Charles Dance and TV chef Gary Rhodes will be made OBEs.

The BBC's longest-serving foreign correspondent, Charles Wheeler, receives a knighthood, and soul singer Beverley Knight becomes an MBE.

The two co-founders of Wallace and Gromit production company Aardman Animations, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, are both made CBEs.

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Among those to become OBEs are film director Gurinder Chada, whose movies include Bend It Like Beckham and Bhaji On The Beach, and author Bernard Cornwell, whose novels form the basis for the ITV drama series Sharpe.

Esther Rantzen

Harris, who has been a fixture on British TV screens for more than 50 years, says he is delighted to be honoured.

"It's just wonderful. It's a lovely feeling," he said. "I'm still very much an Australian but I've lived here for more than half my life now and it's my adopted home."

The all-round entertainer has scored chart hits with Two Little Boys and Sun Arise, and spent 10 years presenting the BBC series Animal Hospital.

He has already collected an OBE and an MBE, and now becomes a CBE for services to entertainment and the arts.

The 76-year-old said he had no plans to slow down: "Retirement is something I equate with laying down and dying. It's not me. I want to keep going as long as I can."

Rantzen came to prominence on the BBC's That's Life programme.

Her CBE comes for services to young people for her role in setting up the free and confidential helpline for children and young people, Childline.

"Of all the things I have been associated with, Childline has been the most challenging and given me the most satisfaction," Rantzen, 65, said.

Wallace and Gromit

Aardman Animations was founded in 1972, and has produced clay TV star Morph, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer video and the Wallace and Gromit films.

Lord and Sproxton, who set the company up, said they were "amazed" and "humbled" to be made CBEs.

Bussell, who retired as Company Principal of The Royal Ballet earlier this year, said her CBE was "a great reminder of my dancing career".

Aged 20, Bussell became The Royal Ballet's youngest Principal, and danced in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

Now 37, she has retired to spend more time with her husband and two young children, although she will continue to make guest appearances.

Theatre director Deborah Warner has also been made a CBE.

She was resident director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1987-89, and associate director of the Royal National Theatre for eight years after that.

In 2000 she was decorated as an Officier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres, a prestigious award given by the French government in recognition of significant cultural achievement.

Beverley Knight
Knight won a lifetime achievement award at 2004's Urban Music awards
Mobo-winner Knight, 34, is one of the UK's most acclaimed soul singers, and recently appeared on the BBC show Just The Two Of Us.

She is also an ambassador for many charities, such as Christian Aid, and has travelled to areas affected by disease and poverty to raise awareness.

Wheeler, 80, joined the BBC in 1947, and has reported from India, Germany and Washington.

His knighthood is awarded for services to broadcasting and journalism.

Actor Rudolph Walker, who becomes an OBE, made his name when he was the first black actor to be cast in the lead role of a UK TV series in 1972's Love Thy Neighbour.

He has a recurring role on EastEnders as Patrick Trueman, and has lent his voice to the Teletubbies.

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