Belfast Telegraph

Adele and Balding on Honours list

Adele has added another award to her fast-growing collection as she receives an MBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

The Skyfall singer, 25, who found worldwide fame after a friend posted her demo on MySpace in 2006, already has a bulging trophy cabinet, from Brit Awards to Grammys, and most recently an Oscar for her James Bond song.

After becoming a mother in October, she now tops off an eventful few months with an MBE for services to music.

Tony Robinson, famed for his role as long-suffering Baldrick in the Blackadder series, vowed to slaughter dragons and rescue damsels in distress as he was knighted today - trumping his co-star Rowan Atkinson who becomes a CBE.

Tony, 66, said he was "thrilled, flattered and a little gob-smacked" to get the honour, adding: "I also pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."

Mr Bean star Rowan, 58, said his CBE came as a "genuine surprise and is a great honour".

MBEs go to singer-songwriter PJ Harvey and singer and broadcaster Aled Jones. Harvey, 43, famously became the first and only artist to win the Mercury Prize on two occasions - picking it up for a second time in 2011, 10 years after her first triumph. MBEs also go to comedian Rob Brydon, who said he accepted the honour "for short Welshmen everywhere", and to actor, director and playwright David Haig and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

Sports presenter Clare Balding, widely praised for her coverage of London's Olympic and Paralympic Games, described her OBE as the "pinnacle" of a "year of unexpected delights".

Entrepreneur and former Dragon's Den star Hilary Devey gets a CBE, along with cinematographer Roger Deakins, famed for his work on some of the best-known films of the last 20 years, and veteran actress Claire Bloom.

Former James Bond villain and Game Of Thrones star Julian Glover also gets a CBE, as well as director Michael Attenborough and artist Grayson Perry. Newsreader Julia Somerville is made an OBE, as is novelist Jackie Collins.


From Belfast Telegraph