Damian Lewis and Rio Ferdinand make the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Damian Lewis and Rio Ferdinand are among stars to be honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list ahead of her Platinum Jubilee

  • This year’s recipients are said to reflect the monarch’s ‘invaluable’ qualities ahead of her Platinum Jubilee
  • Other stars recognised for their achievements included Clare Balding and Stella McCartney, who were both made CBEs
  • Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, who plays plays Sean Tully on the soap, was awarded an MBE
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

Damian Lewis and Rio Ferdinand were among the famous faces to have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.

The actor, 51, has been award a CBE while the footballer, 43, has been made an OBE for their outstanding contributions to their community and country.

This year’s recipients are said to reflect the monarch’s ‘invaluable’ qualities ahead of her Platinum Jubilee and have been recognised for their contributions to youth engagement, the environment and sustained public service.

Honoured: Damian Lewis and Rio Ferdinand are among the famous faces to have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list ahead of her Platinum Jubilee

During the Covid pandemic, Damian and his wife Helen McCrory founded Feed NHS, a campaign to give food from High Street chains to frontline workers.

His wife Helen, an actress best known for her roles in Peaky Blinders and the Harry Potter films, tragically died at the age of 52 in April last year following a battle with breast cancer.

Other stars recognised for their achievements included Clare Balding and Stella McCartney, who were both made CBEs, while Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, who plays plays Sean Tully on the soap, was awarded an MBE.

Speaking of her honour, Clare said: ‘I am so surprised and truly thrilled to receive such a prestigious honour and very much see it as a reflection of how much people care about sport.

Recognised: The actor, 51, has been given a CBE while the footballer (pictured), 43, has been made an OBE for their outstanding contributions to their community and country

‘I love being given the opportunity to broadcast sporting events and to talk about the positive impact of sport.’ 

In the football world, five-time Champions League winner and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, and Liverpool player James Milner were both made MBEs.

And MBEs were also served up to MasterChef presenting duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace for services to food and charity.

Greg gushed: ‘From a council estate in Peckham to being recognised by the Queen is for me something akin to a fairytale story. I am incredibly, incredibly proud.’

While John said: ‘I am truly thrilled, humbled and very grateful and I’d like to thank those who nominated me for this great honour of an MBE.’ 

Contributions: During the Covid lockdown, Damian and his Helen McCrory founded Feed NHS. Helen tragically died at the age of 52 in April last year following a battle with breast cancer

Coronation Street stalwart Helen Worth, 71, who has played Gail Platt for almost 48 years, was also made an MBE. 

She said: ‘To be honoured for doing something I have enjoyed so much for so many years is truly wonderful.’   

Birds of a Feather actress Pauline Quirke and singer Bonnie Tyler were also given the MBE gong.

The Total Eclipse of the Heart singer, 70, whose real name is Gaynor Sullivan, was honoured for a music career spanning five decades. 

She said: ‘This honour just goes to show that anyone from any background can become a success, and be recognised by our wonderful country, if they put their minds and efforts into what they do. 

Gong: Other stars who were honoured included Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in the ITV soap and was given an MBE


Sports: Other stars recognised for their achievements included Clare Balding, who was given an CBE, and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, who was made MBE 

‘I’m just a girl from a small town in Wales who just loves to sing, so to be recognised for that in this way is very significant to me and my family and friends.’

Top honours were also given to English-Indian author Sir Salman Rushdie and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, who are made Companions of Honour for services to literature and illustration respectively.

Marking his achievement, Sir Quentin said: ‘Of course, it is an enormous privilege to be appointed a Companion of Honour, but it is also of special interest to me because it is not, unlike so many awards, just a medal that is pinned on you.’

While Sir Salman added: ‘It was with great surprise and delight that I learned of this extraordinary honour. It’s a privilege to be included in such illustrious company, both past and present.’

Chefs: MBEs were also served up to MasterChef duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace for services to food and charity


Stars: Coronation Street stalwart Helen Worth (left), 71, who has played Gail Platt for almost 48 years, and Birds of a Feather actress Pauline Quirke (right) were also made MBEs

Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels and winner of several national and international awards, also made the list, knighted for services to literature and charity.

Eve Muirhead, of Great Britain’s women’s curling side, was awarded an OBE after helping the country to top the podium in the Winter Olympics in February.

Her teammates Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff, Mili Smith and Victoria Wright became MBEs along with their coach David Murdoch, while cricketer Moeen Ali was made an OBE.

Ali said: ‘It’s an honour to be recognised, it’s amazing and my family are really proud and happy. More than anything, I know it makes my parents happy.’

Congratulations! Bonnie Tyler, 70, whose real name is Gaynor Sullivan, was made MBE and honoured for a music career spanning five decades

Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and co-chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, and classical pianist Stephen Hough were also given knighthoods. 

And there was a second successive honour for the Blair family after former prime minister Sir Tony’s knighthood in the New Year, as his son Euan got an MBE for services to education in his role as founder of Multiverse, which provides apprenticeship programmes.

Speaking about the Jubilee list, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘This historic Platinum Jubilee is not only a celebration of the monarch but of the qualities she possesses.

‘The honours she confers this week reflect many of those qualities that have been invaluable from all different walks of life and to communities across the UK.

Achievement: Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels and winner of several national and international awards, also made the list, knighted for services to literature and charity

Impressive: Top honours were given to Sir Quentin Blake, who illustrated Roald Dahl’s children’s books, as he was made Companions of Honour for his services to illustration

‘I pay tribute to all of this year’s winners. Their stories of courage and compassion are an inspiration to us all.’

While a Government spokeswoman told a briefing at London’s Lancaster House on Tuesday: ‘Each of our selection committees was asked in particular to consider the themes of the Jubilee, looking at youth engagement, environment and sustainability and sustained public service.

‘So those were considered alongside all of the things usually looked at, service to others, sustained commitment.

‘But we have sought particularly to consider and promote cases which exemplify those themes, which are the themes across the entirety of the Jubilee.’

Acknowledged: Tony Blair’s son Euan got an MBE for services to education in his role as founder of Multiverse, which provides apprenticeship programmes

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