Dame Barbara Windsor leads arts and entertainment honours
30 December 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Media captionBarbara Windsor: “Dame Babs sounds nice doesn’t it”
Barbara Windsor is among the leading entertainment and arts figures to be recognised in the New Year Honours.
The veteran star of EastEnders and the Carry On films said she was “thrilled” to be made a dame for services to charity and entertainment.
Actress Sian Phillips also receives a damehood for services to drama, while choreographer Matthew Bourne is to be knighted for services to dance.
Luther star Idris Elba receives an OBE, as does Blur singer Damon Albarn.
Actress Imelda Staunton, whose recent successes include her award-winning turn in the West End musical Gypsy, receives a CBE for services to drama.
The same honour is awarded to Tamara Rojo, the Montreal-born Spanish dancer who became the artistic director of English National Ballet (ENB) in 2013.
Spooks and Selma star David Oyelowo gets an OBE, as does tennis player turned BBC sports commentator Sue Barker.
Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt also gets an OBE, for services to drama and “the community of Northern Ireland”.
Source:: BBC Entertainment