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Profile: Entertainment and arts world honours

A look at some of the names from the entertainment and arts world who have been acknowledged in the Queen's New Year Honours.

NICHOLAS HYTNER
Nicholas Hytner
Sir Nicholas was appointed artistic director of the National in 2003

National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner has received a knighthood for his services to drama.

The 53-year-old is credited for bringing new works by Alan Bennett to life as well as spawning West End hits such as War Horse.

Manchester-born Sir Nicholas was educated at the city's grammar school before studying English at Cambridge.

After four years as associate director of Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, he moved to the National in 1989.

Soon after his appointment as the National's artistic director in 2003, he staged the controversial production Jerry Springer: The Opera.

He also directed Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, as well as Bennett's The History Boys.

He has made seven films including 1994's The Madness of King George, 1996's The Crucible and also brought The History Boys to the big screen.

Sir Nicholas said he was "delighted and flattered" to receive the honour.

PHYLLIDA LLOYD
Phyllida Lloyd
Lloyd brought her stage version of Mamma Mia! to the big screen

Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the stage and screen versions of the Abba musical Mamma Mia!, has become a CBE for her services to drama.

After university, the 52-year-old spent five years working for BBC Drama before swapping TV for the stage.

Since the 1990s, she has directed productions for the National Theatre, Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe,

She also won an International Emmy for her BBC Two version of the opera Gloriana.

LAUREN CHILD
Charlie and Lola
The first Charlie and Lola book was published in 2001

Children's author and illustrator Lauren Child, best known for her books about Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean, has become an MBE for her services to literature.

After working as a studio assistant for Damien Hirst and setting up a company designing lampshades, she moved into children's literature with her first book Clarice Bean, That's Me, published in 1999.

Her first Charlie and Lola book - I Will Not Ever, Never Eat a Tomato - won the Kate Greenaway Medal two years later. The books have also been made into an animated BBC series.

Earlier in the year, Child signed a £1m deal for books based on undercover agent Ruby Redfort, who features in her Clarice Bean books.

MAGGI HAMBLING
Scallop
Hambling's Scallop has divided Suffolk's residents

Figurative painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling has received a CBE for her services to art.

She was the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 1980 and her work can be seen in the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and the Tate.

Her best-known public works are a memorial to Oscar Wilde in central London and a four metre-high steel seashell on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk.

The £70,000 Scallop has been condemned as an eyesore by some locals.

DICK KING-SMITH
The Sheep-Pig
The Sheep-Pig was made into 1995 hit film Babe

Children's author Dick King-Smith has become an OBE.

Born and raised in Gloucestershire, the author was a farmer for 20 years before turning his hand to writing books.

Mostly featuring animals in his works, he is one of the UK's most prolific writers, penning more than 100 books since 1978.

He is best-known for writing The Sheep-Pig which was made into the hit 1995 film Babe, which was nominated for seven Oscars and won one.

DR MIRIAM STOPPARD
Dr Miriam Stoppard
Dr Stoppard's broadcasting career began in the early 1970s

Health writer, broadcaster and agony aunt Dr Miriam Stoppard has become an OBE for her services to healthcare and to charity.

She began her writing and broadcasting career in the early 1970s and became known to millions as an authority on childcare and women's health.

Dr Stoppard has published over 50 advice books and has a column in The Daily Mirror.

She is also the resident health expert on Channel Five's The Wright Stuff.

SIMON KING
Simon King
King has fronted Big Cat Diary since 1996

TV wildlife presenter and cameraman Simon King has received an OBE for services to photography and conservation.

Born in Kenya and raised in Bristol, King has been filming wildlife for the last 30 years.

His camera work can be seen on programmes including Planet Earth, Life of Mammals, Blue Planet and Trials of Life.

He currently appears on the BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch series and has also helped front BBC Two's Big Cat Diary since 1996.



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