Bruce Forsyth knighthood heads Queen's Birthday Honours

Big-name honours recipients 2011: At a glance

Name Age Occupation Honour Reaction

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth

83

Entertainer, currently the co-host of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

Knighthood

"I'm very proud and very honoured. I'm also so grateful to the many people who have supported me for so long and helped make this possible. I did feel as happy for my wife as I did for me and I can't wait to call her my lady."

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Mervyn King

Mervyn King

63

Governor of the Bank of England

Knighthood

None so far

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Jenni Murray

Jenni Murray

61

Presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour

DBE (Dame)

"My partner said: 'does that mean I'm now a lady?' Which of course he's not because the wife of a sir becomes a lady, but the husband of a dame becomes a nothing."

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Janet Suzman

Janet Suzman

72

Oscar-nominated actress

DBE (Dame)

None so far

Brian Ferry

Bryan Ferry

65

Musician and Roxy Music singer

CBE

"I would like to thank those who have given me the award, and all the musicians and others behind the scenes who have helped me throughout my

career."

Colin Firth

Colin Firth

50

Oscar-winning actor

CBE

None so far

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Celia Birtwell

Celia Birtwell

70

Textile designer, famed for dressing the Beatles, Twiggy and Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s

CBE

"[I am] thrilled... I hope I can continue to work in the industry that I love for many more

years to come."

Bob Harris

Bob Harris

65

BBC Radio 2 DJ and former Old Grey Whistle Test presenter, known as "Whispering" Bob Harris

OBE

"I've always loved what I do so it's an added bonus to be recognised for something you love. I love music and I'm really just at the heart of what I love."

Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Cribbins

82

Actor and voice of The Wombles

OBE

"It's a great surprise. I'm completely gobsmacked really. My dad would have been absolutely delighted."

Graeme Garden

Graeme Garden

68

Actor and writer, co-creator of 1970s TV series The Goodies

OBE

"It's quite ironic considering how rude we were about the

honours all those years ago."

Tim Brooke-Taylor

Tim Brooke-Taylor

70

Actor and writer, co-creator of The Goodies

OBE

"I'm very very pleased and not to say a little surprised - but very pleasantly so. At first I thought it was my son trying to con me."

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss

34

England cricket captain

OBE

"It is a great honour to receive this accolade. It's one of the better items of post you get through the letterbox -

certainly better than a gas bill."

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Sam Taylor-Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood

44

Artist turned film-maker. Director of 2009's Nowhere Boy about John Lennon's childhood

OBE

"It's such an incredible honour to receive this award - something I would never have dreamt of."

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Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood

38

Professional golfer, currently ranked number two in the world

OBE

None so far

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Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook

26

England cricketer and man-of-the-Ashes-series

MBE

None so far

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Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis

25

World heptathlon champion

MBE

"I love my sport and can't think of anything I would want to do more, and to be recognised for the years of hard work and the success I have had over the past two years means so much."

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Phillips Idowu

Phillips Idowu

32

World triple jump champion

MBE

None so far

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Brooke Kinsella

Brooke Kinsella

27

Actress and anti-knife crime campaigner. Sister of 16-year-old Ben Kinsella, stabbed to death in 2008

MBE

None so far

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Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish

26

Tour de France stage-winning cyclist

MBE

"It is a great list of names that have been honoured and for me to be alongside them is massive for me. To know that cycling is getting recognised makes me massively proud."

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