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Moore heads honours roll call
Roger Moore at Buckingham Palace in 1999
Roger Moore received a CBE in 1999
Showbusiness stars get equal billing with unsung heroes - including a tea lady- in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Seven-times James Bond actor Roger Moore becomes Sir Roger as he receives a knighthood, while dedicated Glasgow tea lady Isa Allan is rewarded with an MBE.

Sporting icon David Beckham is honoured with an OBE, at a time when he might be set to leave Britain for a foreign football club.

Among the other stars on the Queen's annual list were comedian Billy Connolly who gets a CBE, cricketer Alex Stewart (OBE), TV chef Jamie Oliver (MBE) and singer Sting (CBE).

There are special awards for six Britons who performed "sterling, gruelling and tireless" service to help victims and their relatives after the Bali bombing atrocity last October.

Mark Wilson, the honorary British consul in Bali, and his brother Philip, assistant honorary consul, opened up their restaurant as a nerve centre for British volunteers after the bombing.

Actress Helen Mirren becomes a Dame, following her success in hit films like The Madness of King George and her portrayal of detective Jane Tennison in the television drama Prime Suspect.

Bill Morris
I hope that in this recognition, today's young black Britons will find some inspiration
Sir Bill Morris

Good Life actor Richard Briers gets a CBE, while there is an OBE for Oscar-nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas whose films include The English Patient and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

In music, Dave Gilmour, lead guitarist of Pink Floyd, gets a CBE. He recently donated 3.6 million from the sale of his mansion to a project providing housing for the homeless.

Meanwhile jazz pianist and presenter Jools Holland, who receives an OBE, said he was "proud that the art of boogie-ing has been officially recognised".

Gerry Marsden, of the 1960s pop group Gerry and the Pacemakers, gets an MBE while composer and conductor Sir Charles Mackerras has been awarded the Companion of Honour.

Pop star Errol Brown, who is awarded an MBE, said it was a "real honour".

'Flattered'

The Hot Chocolate singer, whose hits include You Sexy Thing, said he thought his long career and the example he had set to the black community helped him win the honour.

The honour will mean nothing unless it pushes me on
Dame Anita Roddick

Bond star Moore attributed his honour more to his work for United Nations children's charity Unicef, rather than his skills as an on-screen spy.

"I only wish my mother and father could have been alive to see this day," he said.

Rock star Sting echoed those sentiments and added he was "surprised and flattered" to be recognised by the Queen.

In the arts, Scottish-born painter Jack Vettriano, known for his popular paintings of 40s-style dancers, gets an OBE, and Bombay-born Anish Kapoor - one of the most influential sculptors of his generation - a CBE.

In business, Body Shop founder Anita Roddick said she hoped becoming a Dame would make her "even more radical".

"The honour will mean nothing unless it pushes me on," she said.

Bill Morris, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, is honoured with a knighthood.

He said the award was for the causes he believed in speaking up for, including asylum seekers.
Jamie Oliver
Does this mean I don't get any more parking tickets?
Jamie Oliver

"I hope that in this recognition, today's young black Britons will find some inspiration. I have always held the view that race can be an inspiration, not a barrier."

TV chef Jamie Oliver, who is known for his irreverent cookery programmes and spin-off books, is recognised for the work he did with 15 unemployed young people at his restaurant Fifteen.

The 28-year-old joked he hoped his MBE would get him out of paying parking tickets.

There are honorary OBEs for Britain's top two French soccer managers, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Liverpool's Gerard Houllier.

Tea trolley

Among the ordinary people recognised for doing extraordinary work are a Church of Scotland minister and his wife who have been tirelessly helping asylum seekers on a housing estate in Glasgow.

Reverend Edward Jones and his wife Elspeth, who receive MBEs, have organised appeals to clothe and feed thousands of refugees.

Also in Glasgow, tea lady Isa Allan was nominated for her MBE by the staff of Scottish Enterprise for 18 years of service on her tea trolley.

The stunned 62-year-old said: "All I do is treat everyone as if they were members of my own family."

A surprise entry on the list is an OBE for Harry Potter - but not the boy wizard created by author JK Rowling.

This Harry Potter, originally from Liverpool, is a 60-year-old rural livelihoods adviser in Malawi, who is nevertheless delighted with his award.

For the first time more than half the people in the Birthday Honours list - 509 of them - were nominated by members of the public.

"The key aim has been to reward those who work at the sharp end," said a Downing Street spokesman.




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"There are a thousand names on the honours list, and celebrities feature strongly"



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