Mary Earps, Dame Shirley Bassey And Emilia Clarke Lead Stars Recognised In King’s New Year’s Honours List

Mary Earps, Dame Shirley Bassey And Emilia Clarke Lead Stars Recognised In King's New Year's Honours List

England goalkeeper Mary Earps, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis and Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke are among the stars of sport, stage and screen recognised in the New Year Honours list, while the Archbishop of Canterbury leads those rewarded for their work on the King’s coronation.

Singer Dame Shirley Bassey, who has sold more than 135 million records, is made Companion of Honour for her services to music, becoming the 64th living member of the order which can only have 65 members at any one time.

Dame Shirley, who was born and grew up in Tiger Bay in Cardiff, told the PA news agency: “My heart is full of emotion and I am truly humbled.”

Director and producer Sir Ridley Scott, whose works include Gladiator, Alien and Napoleon, is made a Knight Grand Cross, upgrading his previous knighthood, while author Jilly Cooper becomes a dame.

She told PA: “I am absolutely and incredibly bowled over. I cannot believe I am a DBE, which in my case also stands for Delighted, Bewildered and Ecstatic.”

Sir Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) for his personal service to the Crown during the coronation at Westminster Abbey in May.

Awards of the RVO are in the King’s gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the royal family in a personal way.

Sir Justin conducted the service for the coronation and had the momentous task of anointing and crowning Charles and Camilla.

Other notable names in the list include England cricketer Stuart Broad, who was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) following his retirement; singer Leona Lewis, who became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE); and author Kate Mosse, who is also made a CBE.

Elsewhere, Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) alongside her mother Jenny as co-founders of SameYou, a brain injury recovery charity they established after she survived two brain haemorrhages.

Clarke, who shot to fame playing the Mother of Dragons in the hit HBO series, told the PA news agency the honour was “remarkable” and felt it was “life-enhancing and magical” to see her mother, who has also had surgery to remove a brain aneurysm, also recognised for the work.

Other showbiz names honoured include radio disc jockey Tony Blackburn, who is made an OBE, fellow DJ Steve Wright, sports broadcasters Jeff Stelling and Hazel Irvine and Great British Bake-Off judge Paul Hollywood, who each are made MBEs.

In politics, former chancellor and home secretary Sajid Javid has been knighted, Dame Margaret Beckett, Labour MP for Derby South, has had her damehood upgraded to a Dame Grand Cross, and Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, has been made a Dame Commander.

In an unusual move, Liz Truss’s resignation honours were published at the same time as the separate New Year Honours, more than 14 months after the end of her tumultuous 49 days as prime minister, when she was forced out of office after the budget outlined by her chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng sparked an economic crisis.

Mr Kwarteng is not on her list, but there are peerages for Matthew Elliott and Jon Moynihan, former chief executive and chairman respectively of Vote Leave, and her deputy chief of staff Ruth Porter, and honours for four MPs, two special advisers, her constituency Conservative Association chairman and author Shirley Conran.


Glastonbury Festival founder Sir Michael, listed under his full name Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis, said he was looking forward to his investiture after being knighted for services to music and charity.

In an interview for the official Glastonbury website, Sir Michael said: “I think William might do the ceremony.

“He’s made a few mentions of wanting to come to the festival. So, I’ll probably take a couple of tickets in my pocket!”

In sport, England captain Millie Bright has been made an OBE, while her fellow Lionesses Earps and Lauren Hemp have been made MBEs for services to football after they finished runners-up to Spain in the women’s World Cup.

The honour caps a remarkable month for Earps after she was crowned 2023 BBC Sports Personality of the Year in a public vote.

Bright told PA she was “gobsmacked” when she heard about the OBE, adding: “It’s something you never imagined, something that never crossed my mind.”

Hemp said: “I’d like to dedicate my MBE to everyone that has supported me in my career so far, and everyone behind the scenes for continuing to push boundaries to get women’s football to where it is today.”

In rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont has been made Knight Grand Cross for services to rugby union football and to charity, while former Scotland star and record try-scorer Stuart Hogg is made an MBE.

Wetherspoon pub chain boss Tim Martin is knighted amid reports a Government minister pushed for his nomination to reward his Brexit campaigning.

Sir Tim, who was knighted for services to hospitality and culture, told PA: “I’d like to think that (the knighthood) is not for my rarely disclosed political views – I hope it is for what it says on the tin.”

Novelist Ms Mosse, a co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, has been made CBE for services to literature, to women and to charity.

She told PA: “It does feel that although obviously this is for me, it’s very much an acknowledgement of the importance of the Women’s Prize, and that it matters that women support other women.”

Former director of public prosecutions Max Hill, who stepped down in October after five years in the role, is made Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

Sir Max Hill KC, said: “My time at the Crown Prosecution Service was marked by unprecedented challenges including the pandemic and striving to improve the criminal justice response to rape and domestic violence.

“I am very grateful for this honour, which is a testament to the thousands of CPS staff and prosecution advocates who work tirelessly to help victims and to deliver justice.”

This year’s list includes a total of 1,227 recipients, 48% of whom are women, while 13.8% come from an ethnic minority background.

The oldest recipient is Jill Gladwell, 97, from Stowmarket, who has become an MBE for her voluntary services to the Royal British Legion in Suffolk, while nine-year-old Tony Hudgell has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the prevention of child abuse.

Tony is believed to be the youngest ever recipient of an honour, a record previously held by fundraiser Tobias Weller, who was 11 when he received a BEM two years ago.

Ian Russell, father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life after viewing harmful material on social media, has become an MBE for services to child safety online.

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