Angela Lansbury in Queen’s New Year’s Honours

Showbiz stars are named in the Queen's annual Honours List.

2014-01-01_0331Actresses Penelope Keith and Angela Lansbury have been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2014.

Keith, best known for To The Manor Born, said: “You know I sort of feel elated, exhausted and thrilled. It’s the big one. I had already got an OBE and then a CBE, so I don’t know what is better than the icing on the cake, but this is.”

British-born Murder, She Wrote star Lansbury is also named a dame for her successful acting career, charitable work and philanthropy.

Gavin & Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones said of her MBE award: “This isn’t just tidy, it’s proper tidy. I had no idea it was coming. I just came home one night, opened the post and there it was: this letter telling me I was being put forward for it and being really strict about not telling anyone.

“And I’m quite obedient. So I didn’t. Except my husband, who’s really proud. And my dad, who’s beside himself with excitement. Apparently Great Uncle Leslie got an OBE in the ’40s and Uncle Jack the fireman got one in the ’60s. So I’m keeping up with the Joneses, ha ha. Anyway, I’m thrilled.”

Former Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em star Michael Crawford also receives a CBE for services to children’s charities.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is honoured with an MBE for his work on sustainable buildings.

Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz is awarded an OBE for services to literature. New episodes return to ABC1 this Sunday night.

Source: Digital Spy

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