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Oscar-winner Olivia Colman said she is
Oscar-winner Olivia Colman said she is "totally thrilled" to be made a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours, while stage actor Simon Russell Beale is knighted

By Henry Vaughan

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman said she is "totally thrilled" to be made a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours, while stage actor Simon Russell Beale is knighted.

Elvis Costello (64) was made an OBE, accepting an establishment endorsement far from his punk roots.

Archibald Boyd Tunnock (86), who created the Tunnock's Teacake in 1956, said he is "deeply honoured" to be knighted, adding: "When you get to my age, very few things surprise you but this certainly did and I am deeply honoured and grateful to Her Majesty the Queen."

Colman (45) who won the best actress Oscar for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite earlier this year and will play Queen Elizabeth II in the third series of The Crown, is honoured for services to drama under her real name Sarah Sinclair.

She told the Press Association: "I'm totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be - and hopefully now will be. It's such an honour."

Beale, one of the most acclaimed stars of British theatre, is knighted for services to drama after a career spanning four decades.

He said: "It is a very great honour and I think my mother, were she alive, would be very proud."

Actress Cush Jumbo (33), who is best known for starring in the US legal drama series The Good Wife, is made an OBE, while the honours list also recognises those involved with the wave of worldwide success for the British TV industry. Blue Planet and Planet Earth producer Alistair Fothergill and Andrew Harries, chief executive and co-founder of Left Bank Pictures - the production firm behind The Crown - both receive OBEs.

There are CBEs for author Joanna Trollope and Jack Reacher novelist Lee Child, who said: "Someone read my books and enjoyed them enough to put my name forward for this great honour, which in itself is all a writer could ask for."

Journalist and broadcaster Dan Snow (40) becomes an MBE, while adventurer and television star Bear Grylls (44) is made an OBE.

The chief scout, who is recognised for services to young people, the media and charity, said: "This really is a huge honour and it's something, if I'm honest, that I never expected to happen.

"But I really do feel it's a team effort. This award is for every one of those incredible scout volunteers."

British-Sri Lankan rapper MIA, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam (43), and Andrew Roachford, the singer-songwriter behind the band Roachford, are made MBEs for services to music.

Along with the famous names, the list also celebrates the efforts of those working to improve people's lives. Nimco Ali and Dr Leyla Hussein, who have both dedicated their time to campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) after being subjected to the practice as children, are made OBEs.

The oldest recipient is John Haymen (100), who receives a BEM for services to the community in Binsted and Alton, Hampshire.

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