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New Year Honours 2016: Twelve famous faces

Nearly 1,200 people have been named on the New Year Honours list.

Just over three quarters of the recipients have been recognised for work in their local communities but here are 12 of the more famous faces.


1. Barbara Windsor

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Occupation: Actress - former EastEnders and Carry On films star

Honour: Damehood for services to charity and entertainment

Quote: "For a girl from the East End born into a working-class family and an evacuee during World War Two, this is truly like a dream. I am so happy and blessed to say it's real."

In pictures: Barbara Windsor's career


2. AP McCoy

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Occupation: Former champion jockey - retired in April after record-breaking career

Honour: Knighthood for services to horse racing

Quote: "I am overwhelmed, very honoured - I must say it came as a bit of a shock, to be honest. I am very proud of it. I am very proud for horse racing because it has been so good to me... I told close friends and family I want them to call me Sir Anthony, just close friends and family... Everyone else can call me AP or whatever they like."

McCoy heads sporting honours


3. Damon Albarn

Occupation: Singer-songwriter and producer - Blur frontman and Gorillaz creator

Honour: OBE for services to music.


4. Sue Barker

Occupation: Broadcaster and former tennis player

Honour: OBE for services to broadcasting and charity


5. Steph Houghton

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Occupation: England and Manchester City football captain

Honour: MBE for services to football

Quote: "It is a massive step in the right direction to see that we are being recognised both at country and club level. I would never have thought of receiving an MBE in a million years because my main aim is just to play as well as you can for your team and your country, and everything else comes as a bonus."


6. Simon Weston

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Occupation: Falklands War veteran turned charity campaigner

Honour: CBE for charitable services

Quote: "To be given the CBE for charity work means a great deal to me because it's something that I have been very passionate about over the past 33 years... I hope that with me being in the public eye it can inspire others - that you can live your life and can enjoy it despite what has happened."


7. Ronnie O'Sullivan

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Occupation: Snooker player - five-time world champion

Honour: OBE for services to snooker

Quote: "It came as a great surprise to receive my OBE and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my family, friends and fans who have supported me throughout my career and made this achievement possible."


8. Denis Law

Occupation: Former Manchester United and Scotland footballer

Honour: CBE for services to football and charity

Quote: "You do not expect anything like this... That must be inspiring for young players. Because most of the guys coming through in the football world come from working class families.... this is a bit special".

CBE for football great Law


9. Idris Elba

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Occupation: Actor - star of BBC drama Luther

Honour: OBE for services to drama

Quote: "Awards and honours come in all shapes and sizes and all as significant as the other. But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn't be more proud for receiving this right now. What a year. On me head son!"


10. Sian Philips

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Occupation: Stage and film actress - known for I, Claudius and A Little Night Music

Honour: Damehood for services to drama

Quote: "I idolised all the dames like Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans and couldn't quite believe then that we inhabited the same planet. I feel the same way now - though I also feel deeply honoured and very grateful."

Sian Phillips in pictures: Star of stage and screen


11: Chris Froome

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Occupation: Cyclist - two-time Tour de France winner

Honour: OBE for services to cycling

Quote: "I am extremely humbled and very proud to receive this honour. It is obviously further recognition for the sport of cycling and it caps a fantastic year for me professionally and personally. It wouldn't be possible without the help of my teammates, coaches and of course the love and support from my family."


12: James Nesbitt

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Occupation: Actor - star of TV's Missing, Cold Feet and patron of a centre which supports people affected by The Troubles

Honour: OBE for services to drama and the community in Northern Ireland

Quote: "I've been very blessed with my work and very blessed to come from Northern Ireland, and for those two things to be on the citation was really rather gratifying."


New Year Honours 2016

1,196

people honoured

  • 76% for "outstanding" work in their communities

  • 48% are women

  • 24 men receive knighthoods

  • 15 women become dames