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New Year Honours: 17 famous faces on 2017 list

A total of 1,197 people have been recognised for their achievements in the New Year Honours list.

The majority are unknown to the wider public and have undertaken outstanding work in their communities.

Here are some of the better-known faces:


Andy Murray

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Occupation: Tennis player - won Wimbledon and Olympic titles in 2016, both for the second time, became world number one, and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time

Honour: Knighthood for services to tennis and charity

Murray wins record third Sports Personality of the Year


Patricia Routledge

Occupation: Actress - has had a prolific stage career, as well as starring in TV series including Keeping Up Appearances and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

Honour: Damehood for services to theatre and charity

Quote: "I'm very surprised indeed, but very pleased that the honour pertains to theatre."

Patricia Routledge on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs


Ray Davies

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Occupation: Musician - frontman of The Kinks, whose hits include Waterloo Sunset, Lola, and Sunny Afternoon

Honour: Knighthood for services to the arts

Quote: "Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed, but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write."

'I wrote Sunny Afternoon for my dad to sing, but he preferred You Really Got Me'


Mo Farah

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Occupation: Runner - completed Olympic "double double" by retaining 5,000m and 10,000m titles at Rio Games

Honour: Knighthood for services to athletics

Quote: "I'm so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight. Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking a world of English, I could never have imagined where I would be today - it's a dream come true."

Sports Personality contender Mo Farah


Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Occupation: Heptathlete - won gold on famous night at London 2012 Olympics, silver four years later in Rio, and also a two-time world champion

Honour: Damehood for services to athletics

'In a tainted era, there has been no better sporting role model'


Ken Dodd

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Occupation: Comedian - the 89-year-old has been performing since the 1950s, rose to fame with his "Diddy Men" sidekicks, enjoyed top 40 hits in the 1960s and continues to tour

Honour: Knighthood for services to entertainment and charity

Quote: "I'm very proud, I'm very, very happy and full of plumptiousness. I feel highly tickled. I'd like to thank all the people who, for some time now, have been wishing this to happen and now it has happened... I'm not going to hang my tickling stick up yet. I go up and down the motorway like a human yo-yo and it's lovely. It's what I do."

Ken Dodd: Don't call me eccentric


Anna Wintour

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Occupation: Editor-in-chief of Vogue and artistic director, Conde Nast

Honour: Damehood for services to fashion and journalism

Quote: "I am very touched to be honoured by a country I care about so deeply."


Mark Rylance

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Occupation: Actor and former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe theatre - also won an Oscar in 2016 for his role in Bridge of Spies, and recently played the title role in Steven Spielberg's The BFG

Honour: Knighthood for services to theatre

Mark Rylance: From Bridge of Spies to BFG


Naomie Harris

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Occupation: Actress - she played Miss Moneypenny in the Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Honour: OBE for services to drama


Victoria Beckham

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Occupation: Fashion designer - the former member of the Spice Girls is now a celebrated designer and entrepreneur

Honour: OBE for services to the fashion industry

Victoria Beckham 'wins respect' in fashion world


Angela Rippon

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Occupation: Development lead, Dementia Friendly Communities - the veteran broadcaster became an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society after caring for her mother who had dementia, and champions the rights of those with the condition and their carers

Honour: CBE for services to dementia care

Angela Rippon: 'Teach the young about dementia'


Helen McCrory

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Occupation: Actress - plays matriarch Polly in the TV gangster drama Peaky Blinders, and has had notable film roles in The Queen and several Harry Potter adaptations

Honour: OBE for services to drama

Actress Helen McCrory: Nobody recognises me


Bryn Terfel

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Occupation: Opera singer

Honour: Knighthood for services to music

Quote: "What an immense honour to receive such an accolade. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the support and encouragement I have received from the great British public and further afield. I am truly humbled."


Baroness Shirley Williams

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Occupation: Politician - in a parliamentary career spanning more than 50 years, she served as a Labour cabinet minister before leaving the party to co-found the SDP in 1981. Later made a Liberal Democrat peer, she retired from the House of Lords earlier this year

Honour: Companion of Honour for services to political and public life

BBC Radio 4's At Lunch With...: Baroness Shirley Williams


Chris Coleman

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Occupation: Manager of Wales national football team - Coleman led the side to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in what was Wales' first major championship in 58 years

Honour: OBE for services to football

'We still pinch ourselves the Euros happened'


Jason and Laura Kenny

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Occupation: Cyclists - British cycling's "golden couple", who got married in September, between them have 10 Olympic gold medals

Honours: CBE for services to cycling

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny - Britain's golden couple