New Year Honours for Corbett, Bonham Carter and golf champions

Ronnie Corbett Corbett starred in the Two Ronnies with Ronnie Barker for 17 years

Veteran entertainer Ronnie Corbett and golf champions Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy have all been recognised on the New Year Honours list.

Corbett, 81, famed for his monologues on the BBC's Two Ronnies, becomes a CBE for services to entertainment.

An OBE goes to Open winner Clarke while McIlroy, 22, the youngest US Open winner for 88 years, becomes an MBE.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter is made a CBE and broadcaster Lorraine Kelly is appointed an OBE for her charity work.

Sky News war correspondent Alex Crawford, 49, praised for her reporting from Libya this year, is appointed an OBE for services to broadcast journalism.

Ms Crawford, the first reporter to report live from Green Square as rebel forces took over Tripoli, said she was "staggered and honoured" to hear of her OBE and had wondered if it was a prank by a mischievous colleague.

Apple's Jonathan Ive, the designer behind the iPod and iPhone, is made a Knight Commander (KBE). Now living in the US, the east London-born 44-year-old began working for the company in 1992 and is named on the diplomatic and overseas list.

He said: "I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making.

"To be recognised with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful."

'Personal sacrifices'
Helena Bonham Carter Helena Bonham Carter gets a CBE for services to drama

The Cabinet Office said 70% of the 984 people on the main list had been selected for their "outstanding work" in communities in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

Awards for unsung heroes include an MBE for Kirsty Ashton, 21, from Greater Manchester, who has raised over £87,000 for the Wish Upon a Star charity which supports terminally-ill children.

The same honour goes to stonemason Alan Horsfield for services to St Paul's Cathedral, Mary Watt for services to Highland dance teaching in Ross-shire and caretaker Robert Owen for services to the community in Holyhead.

Nineteen members of Foreign Office staff have been honoured for their work helping Britons overseas during the Arab Spring, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the earthquake in New Zealand. There are also honorary awards for several local employees.

Edinburgh-born Corbett, known for his diminutive 5ft 1ins (1.52m) stature, was part of one of TV's most successful sketch shows the Two Ronnies, which saw him pair up with Ronnie Barker for 17 years. He picked up an OBE in 1978.

His wife, Anne Hart, said the comic's family was "delighted".

The two Northern Ireland golfers also welcomed their honours.

Clarke, 43, who clinched the Open for his maiden Major championship title with a three-shot victory, said: "It is a great honour and a fantastic way to end a great year. I am very proud for me and my family."

McIlroy won the US Open in June by eight shots with a record low score of 16-under-par 268. He had suffered a demoralising collapse in the previous Major, the US Masters, when he carried a four-stroke lead into the final round but shot 80 to finish tied 15th.

Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke McIlroy said he was "humbled" by his award, while Clarke said it was a great honour

He said: "Many people on the honours list have made huge personal sacrifices and contributed significantly to society during their lives. I feel very fortunate to be in their company."

Bonham Carter, 45, who played the Queen Mother in the King's Speech, said she was "thrilled" with her honour for services to drama, and would accept it in memory of her late father, Raymond.

"I always thought my father deserved a medal for facing 25 years of chronic disability with quiet daily heroism so I am delighted to accept such a wonderful honour in his memory," she said.

'Amazing charities'

Kelly, who presents Lorraine on ITV, said she was "thrilled and deeply honoured" after becoming an OBE for services to charity and the armed forces.

The Scottish presenter has long supported the armed forces and this year launched UK Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh.

Lorraine Kelly Lorraine Kelly said it was "a terrific end to an incredible year"

She said: "I consider myself very lucky to be able to help some amazing charities who really make a difference, but I am only a very, very small part of what they achieve."

In education, Sylvia Morris who turned the Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy in Southwark, south London, from failure to outstanding success in just five years, becomes a dame. There is an MBE for dinner lady Jeanette Orrey, who inspired celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's campaign for healthier school meals through her own work at St Peter's Primary School in East Bridgford near Nottingham.

A pioneer in the field of obesity and diabetes research is given a knighthood. Professor Stephen Bloom, from Imperial College London, is described as an "outstanding clinical academic" who has transformed how obesity is understood.

Det Ch Insp Caroline Goode, who led Scotland Yard's investigation into a 2006 "honour killing" receives the Queen's Police Medal.

Influential figures in political life on the list include Lord Carlile, 63, the former independent reviewer of anti-terror laws who is made a CBE for services to national security while Labour MP Joan Ruddock becomes a dame.

In business, the chief executive of drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline Andrew Witty, and the former chairman of Tesco, David Reid, are both knighted.

Gerald Ronson, 72, who brought self-service petrol stations to Britain in the 1960s, gets a CBE for services to charity.

DCI Caroline Goode has been honoured for leading the investigation into an "honour killing"

He was convicted in 1990 over his involvement in the Guinness share-trading scandal and served six months of a one-year jail sentence, before bouncing back to become a property tycoon.

There is an OBE for Christopher Preddie, a former drug dealer who turned his life around and led a community campaign against knife and gun crime. He is a cousin of the two youths convicted of killing schoolboy Damilola Taylor. Mr Preddie says he "never knew" the duo but the father of their 10-year-old victim has objected to the honour.

Australian-born Clive James, appointed a CBE for services to literature and media, is a published poet, novelist and author of a string of best-selling memoirs.

Others in literature on the list include Booker Prize-winning author Penelope Lively, 78, who is made a dame. She has written more than 50 books for children and adults, including Moon Tiger. Geoffrey Hill, 79, who was appointed Oxford professor of poetry in 2010, is knighted for services to literature.

Among the other new sirs are Picasso biographer and historian John Richardson, who is recognised for services to art, and conductor Antonio Pappano, music director at the Royal Opera House.

The Honours System

Commonly awarded ranks:

  • Knight or Dame
  • CBE - Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • OBE - Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  • MBE - Member of the Order of the British Empire

Labour have criticised the decision to give a knighthood to a Conservative party donor, Paul Ruddock.

The BBC's Gary O'Donoghue says Mr Ruddock is chief executive of a hedge-fund which effectively gambled on the decline of the value of Northern Rock bank. The Labour party says "hard pressed families" will not understand why he is being rewarded.

The Cabinet Office says Mr Ruddock, who is also chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is being honoured for money he has donated to charity and that all honours are approved by an independent committee.

In the fashion world, the couple behind Links of London, John and Annoushka Aytona, are made MBEs, along with with Lulu Kennedy, founder of the Fashion East venture which aims to nurture new talent. Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki, who founded influential clothing store Biba in the 1960s, becomes an OBE for services to fashion.

An OBE goes to It's a Knockout host Stuart Hall, 82, for services to broadcasting and charity. He still entertains football fans with his match reports for BBC Radio 5 live.

Peter Bazalgette, 58, of Endemol, who brought Big Brother to the UK and was behind hit shows Ready Steady Cook, and Ground Force, gets a knighthood for services to broadcasting.

There is a CBE for Steve Lillywhite, the record producer who worked with some of the biggest names in rock music, including U2 and the Rolling Stones.

Olympic recognition

Other sporting honours include a CBE for the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board Giles Clarke and an OBE for services to cricket and charity for retired international umpire Harold "Dickie" Bird. Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis is knighted for charitable services.

Emotional Dickie Bird reacts to OBE award

Formula 1 engineer Adrian Newey, chief technical officer at the Red Bull team of world champion Sebastian Vettel, becomes an OBE. Former F1 champion Nigel Mansell - now president of charity UK Youth - gets a CBE for services to children and young people in recognition of his recent work.

Scotland's most-capped rugby player Chris Paterson receives an MBE, a week after announcing his retirement. The same honour goes to Wales veteran Martyn Williams.

Ahead of the Olympics and Paralympics, there are knighthoods for Charles Allen, who has supported the Games in a number of roles and John Armitt, Chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority.


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    Comment number 331.

    This is just the ruling class giving itself a pat on the back after another year of taking more for themselves and less for everyone else. And next year they will be after your pensions and health care provision. Because these people own us. And they always get what they want.

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    Comment number 330.

    Do the people who get honoured get any MONEY? or is it just a Gong?
    I ask this as Nobel Prize winners get loadsa wonga

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    Comment number 329.

    324 ihope etc
    Render unto means exactly what it says. Stop wondering, read the gospel yourself, not allowing other people to do your thinking for you is the first step to maturity.

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    Comment number 328.

    Ive discovered my post @232 was unduly censored for saying that the past and present Presidents of the US including the Clinton's the Bush's and Obama share bloodlines with the Royal Family. THIS IS FACT! As documented in Burke' Peerage, the definitive text on the genealogical history of royal famillies.

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    Comment number 327.

    325. chris ivory
    The example that Christopher Preddie is going to give is, let's get in a gang, leave it, discourage others from doing what you've done, then get publicised.

    With just over an hour to go, we have a late candidate for 'sourest comment of 2011'. Give the guy a little credit, please.

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    Comment number 326.

    Happy New Year to you all. May you all know how valued you are.

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    Comment number 325.

    It has come to light that this year's theme was turning your life around. Most stay on the straight and narrow, never broken the law, or gone to prison, paid taxes. Recognition?
    The example that Christopher Preddie is going to give is, let's get in a gang, leave it, discourage others from doing what you've done, then get publicised.

    Golf headlines the list. Our servicemen and women are where?

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    Comment number 324.


    "Give unto Ceaser what is Ceasers!"

    What does that actually mean? I've always wondered.

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    Comment number 323.

    I am happy the honour was bestowed upon 81 yr. old Ronnie Corbett. He has given us so many laughs, gosh, just looking at his photo made me smile.

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    Comment number 322.

    315.Ronnie Smallman
    well perhaps you should remember heros dont murder women and children our armed services make a speciality of it not to mention torturing the innocent untill dead then taking gory pictures as mementos of their evil work

  • Comment number 321.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 320.

    What a bizarre form of democracy we have in this country where honours are dished out without any meaningful transparent process. Deals done behind closed doors?

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    Comment number 319.

    @ 32.
    Neil from Wellington:
    "Only two complaints with this and each year's list is the exclusion of the names Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry. Sadly only one of these iniquities can now be corrected."

    I doubt either would have accepted given they are from the head of the Church of England.

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    Comment number 318.

    310 Cav: As u say, the UK has a social welfare program which much of the world wants to get in on - and they do, don't they? They are allowed to enter and take over - Hence the dirty, messy over crowded midden which the UK has become, and the fact that so many young, productive, healthy and educated Brits want to leave..... Happy Noo Yeer!!

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    Comment number 317.

    315. Ronnie Smallman
    An Honour to Golfers get a Life. The real Heroes are the armed forces !! ,OR Folk who have saved others lives. Etc.

    That's what we have gallantry awards for. You might as well be complaining that nobody serving in Afghanistan was nominated for a BAFTA this year.

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    Comment number 316.

    The thing that gets me is the hypocrisy of Cameron and this government. When the whole cash for honours thing was ongoing. His party were the one complaining and moaning the most about the whole scandal, but what do we find, they've giving honours to a convicted share fraudster and someone who danced on the grave of Northern Rock making money from it, and who then gave them a split of the take.

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    Comment number 315.

    An Honour to Golfers get a Life. The real Heroes are the armed forces !! ,OR Folk who have saved others lives. Etc.

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    Comment number 314.

    Sky News war correspondent Alex Crawford, 49, praised for her reporting from Libya this year, is appointed an OBE for services to broadcast journalism.
    So where were the BBC journos at this time?
    Checking their health and safety policy.
    I wonder how the BBC would have covered WW2 with the H&S crowd in charge?
    Probably from Scotland!

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    Comment number 313.

    277 - About Benjamin Zephaniah - how miserable he must be living in & off of the country which he considers such a sink hole and which owes him a debt it can never repay (very handy, eh?) - or are u getting a bit of your own back, Benjie??? Happy New Year anyway!!

    & happy new year to u, too, mods, but I bet u won't publish this!

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    Comment number 312.

    Cydevil 185: If you don't seek 'such recognition' from your own government for your alleged achievements, then why moan about others getting it. Sounds like dog in manger sour grapes to me - happy new year!!!


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