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Colin Firth leads Queen's Birthday Honours recipients

The King's Speech

Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Firth was the most prominent name among the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts.

The Oscar-winning star, who was crowned best actor at this year’s Academy Awards, has been appointed a CBE to cap a memorable year.

In addition to winning the Oscar for playing King George VI in The King’s Speech Firth also picked up a Bafta and numerous other awards for portraying the Queen’s father.

He was recognised for services to drama in the honours list.

Read our interview with Colin Firth

Further honours went to singer Bryan Ferry, whose hits with Roxy Music include Love Is The Drug. He has also been appointed a CBE.

Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, co-creators of The Goodies, both received OBEs for services to light entertainment.

They both spoke of being “thrilled” with the recognition, especially as they had spent years poking fun at the honours system.

The award means that the entire Goodies trio have now been given the honour. Colleague Bill Oddie was given his OBE in 2003 for services to wildlife conservation.

OBEs also went to Nowhere Boy director and artist Sam Taylor Wood and veteran actor Bernard Cribbins, who narrated The Wombles.

Alex Hope, who runs visual effects company Double Negative and won an Oscar this year for his work on Inception was also made an OBE, as were artists Gillian Wearing and Edward De Waal.

In addition, CBEs went to Donmar Warehouse artist director Michael Grandage, National Portrait Gallery director Sandy Nairne, artist Gillian Ayres and textile designer Celia Birtwell, as well as to Mark Huffam, whose film production credits include Saving Private Ryan and Mamma Mia

Novelist Kate Atkinson, whose book Case Histories has been adapted for BBC One, was made an MBE.