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Honours for Lee, Faldo and Delia

Christopher Lee
Lee has more than 250 screen credits to his name

Veteran horror star Christopher Lee and golfer Nick Faldo have been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Lee, 87, has more than 250 film and TV appearances to his name, while Faldo, 51, has won six Major golf titles.

Television cook Delia Smith becomes a CBE for services to the food industry, and the same honour recognises the work of hairdresser Vidal Sassoon.

TV's Royle Family actress Sue Johnston will meet a member of the real royal household when she picks up her OBE.

Former poet laureate Andrew Motion is among the other new knights, while pianist Mitsuko Uchida becomes a Dame.

And Frances Lawrence, widow of London headmaster Philip Lawrence, who was stabbed to death outside his school gates in 1995, is appointed an MBE for services to charity.


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She set up the Philip Lawrence Awards in 1997 to recognise the outstanding contributions of young people.

The Cabinet Office said 72% of the 984 recipients on the main list were ordinary people who have made a "real difference" to life in their communities.

They include six lifeboat personnel, three lollipop ladies - and Ian Shand, 65, who recently retired as the school janitor of Arduthie Primary School in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, and said news of his MBE came as a "hell of a shock".

'Everyday work'

Lee, who has more than 250 film and TV appearances to his name, became famous in the Hammer Horror movies of the 1950s and 1960s.

More recently, he appeared as Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels.

He is still working and a representative said he was unavailable for comment on his knighthood as he was filming in New Mexico.

Faldo can add the knighthood to his tally of six major championship wins. But controversy has surrounded his tactics as captain of Europe's losing Ryder Cup team last year.

Only the second professional British golfer to ever be knighted, Faldo said he was "delighted" and "humbled".

Now based in Los Angeles, Sassoon, 81, who styled the locks of royalty, models and film stars in 1960s London, is recognised on the Diplomatic and Overseas list for his services to British hairdressing.

Smith, who is also a director of Norwich City Football Club, said her CBE was a "very, very great honour".

Delia Smith
Smith said she did not feel her work really deserved special recognition

But she added: "It's difficult for me because what I do - I write recipes and demonstrate them on TV - feels just like regular, everyday work. It doesn't feel like it deserves any special honour."

From the acting world, there is also recognition on the Diplomatic and Overseas list for X-Men 2 star Alan Cumming, 44, whose OBE is for services to film, theatre and the arts and for his work as a gay rights campaigner.

CBEs go to Lindsay Duncan who played Baroness Thatcher in a recent BBC TV film, and Jonathan Pryce, whose credits include Brazil and Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Former Likely Lads actor James Bolam becomes an MBE as does Anna Wing, 94, who played Albert Square matriarch Lou Beale in EastEnders from 1985 to 1988.

An MBE for services to music goes to 1960s star Joe Brown.

'Nice return'

US-based David Blanchflower, who unsuccessfully called for drastic interest rate cuts to avoid an economic slump during his time as a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, is made a CBE.

He said of the honour for his services to economics, as well as his role on the MPC: "I don't know about vindicated but it is a nice return for all the work I have done and all the commuting."

Gail Rebuck, chairman and chief executive of publishers Random House, becomes a Dame and the CBE for lawyer Michael Smyth from the firm Clifford Chance recognises his volunteer "pro bono" work.

I really thought I'd done something wrong because I've never got an award
Jeff Banks

There is a CBE for Alastair Lansley, chief architect behind the revamping of St Pancras station in London.

From the fashion world, designer Jeff Banks is made a CBE and MBEs go to Natalie Massenet, founder of online designer clothes retailer Net-a-Porter, and Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey.

Banks, 66, born in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, said he thought his turn would "never come".

"I really thought I'd done something wrong because I've never got an award," he added.

Gemma Cartwright, who helped communities affected by the collapse of the Longbridge car plant in Birmingham, is made an MBE for services to the community.

Sports science

About one in 10 of recipients on the honours lists works in education, and it includes 16 head teachers.

Paul Grant, who turned around the Robert Clack School of Science in London, is knighted.

Professor Joan Stringer, principal and vice-chancellor of Napier University, and the first woman appointed to the position of principal of a Scottish University, becomes a Dame.

In health, Dr Barbara Hakin, East Midlands health authority chief executive and key player in GP negotiation over pay and contracts, becomes a Dame.

There are knighthoods for Andrew Cash from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, one of the longest-serving NHS chief executives, and professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Gail Emms
Gail Emms retired from badminton after the Beijing Olympics

There is an OBE for professor Clyde Williams, who has been at the forefront of the development of sports science at Loughborough University.

Other sporting honours include MBEs for motorcyclist Maria Costello, 31, the women's record holder for the fastest lap of the Isle of Man TT circuit, former England cricketer Graeme Hick, and Charlotte Edwards, captain of the England women's cricket team that won the World Cup in Australia this year.

Gail Emms, who retired from badminton following the Beijing Olympics, has also been given an MBE. She took Olympic silver in 2004 in the mixed doubles, and also won bronze, silver and gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Swimming Paralympic gold medalist James Anderson, 46, becomes an OBE.

There is a CBE for services to sport and charity for former England rugby international and commentator Alastair Hignell, who has campaigned to raise money for multiple sclerosis since being diagnosed with the disease in 1999.

The chief constable of the British Transport Police, Ian Johnston, is knighted and the UK's first information commissioner Richard Thomas, who is shortly to leave the post, is appointed a CBE.

Jim Rainey, one of the key figures behind the campaign against sectarianism in Northern Irish football, becomes an MBE.

The same honour goes to BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Dotun Adebayo and Deborah Cohen, editor of BBC Radio Science.

Philip Jackson, who created a bronze statue of the Queen Mother for her London memorial, has been made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Former war artist Peter Howson, who was in the headlines earlier this month for his painting depicting Madonna in the nude with her former husband, Guy Ritchie, is appointed an OBE.

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