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Redmayne adds a new accolade to collection

By PA Reporter

Published 13/06/2015

Among the biggest names on the honours list are figures from the world of cinema and sport.

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is continuing a career-defining year with an OBE alongside TV regular Martin Clunes, while 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and the creator of much-loved Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, were both awarded CBEs.

American actor and artistic director of the Old Vic theatre Kevin Spacey said he feels like "an adopted son" after being awarded an honorary knighthood for his services to theatre and international culture.

Once again the names of some high-profile winners were leaked, with newspapers reporting comedian Lenny Henry's knighthood and Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch's CBE days ahead of the official announcement. Sir Jonathan Stephens, chair of the Honours Committee, said he was "very disappointed" about the leaks, which followed attempts to tighten procedures and access.

Prominent sports figures who have made it on to the list include former Welsh rugby star Gareth Edwards, who has been awarded a knighthood, former England footballer Frank Lampard, who was named an OBE, and record-breaking cricketer James Anderson, also named an OBE. Rugby star Jonny Wilkinson, who was left embarrassed after his name was wrongly reported to be in the last set of honours, was awarded a CBE for his dedication to rugby union.

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