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Queen's Birthday Honours 2018: Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley recognised

Saving Mr Banks

Story by Jack Foley

EMMA Thompson has been made a dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The 59-year-old star of movies such as Howards End, Love Actually and Saving Mr Banks is recognised for her services to drama.

She was joined on the list by fellow actors Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley, who become a CBE and an OBE respectively.

Hardy’s acting credits include roles in Christopher Nolan movies Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk as well as Mad Max: Fury Road.

Knightley’s credits include Atonement, The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Pride & Prejudice.

Other entertainment figures on the Birthday Honours list include historian and broadcaster Mary Beard, who also becomes a dame, for services to the study of classical civilisation.

Another woman recognised for her contribution to literature is Liz Calder, co-founder of Bloomsbury. She becomes a CBE.

She was joined by fellow authors Ken Follett and Jeanette Winterson as recipients of CBEs. Follett is best known for works such as The Pillars of the Earth, while Winterson penned Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.

Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, historian Simon Schama and Waterstones founder Tim Waterstone receive knighthoods, as does the Royal Academy of Arts’ chief executive Charles Saumarez Smith.

Ishiguro, who was born in Japan and moved to England when he was five, has penned the books The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both of which have been turned into successful, critically-acclaimed movies. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature last year.

Abi Morgan, writer of recent BBC drama The Split as well as movies such as Shame and “The Invisible Woman:/Film-Review/the-invisible-woman-abi-morgan-interview, becomes an OBE, as does theatre director Marianne Elliott, animation producer Brian Cosgrove and veteran actress Fenella Fielding.

Actor Gary Wilmot, The Archers’ Timothy Bentinck (aka David Archer) and TV presenter Stacey Dooley are among those to be made MBEs.

While from the world of music, rapper Ms Dynamite – real name Niomi McLean-Daley – also becomes an MBE, as does jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins and Scottish writer Kate Clanchy.

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