Kristin Scott Thomas, Joan Collins and John Hurt among arts figures celebrated in 2015 New Year honours
Kristin Scott Thomas has been made a dame in the 2015 New Year honours list, while fellow actors Joan Collins and John Hurt have been recognised with a damehood and knighthood respectively.
Scott Thomas, who is set to play the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience when it returns to the West End in April, has been given the award for services to drama.
Hurt was also honoured as part of the Queen’s list, while British-born Collins was awarded a damehood for her charitable and philanthropic work under the diplomatic and overseas list.
Other figures from the arts industry to be recognised include outgoing chief executive of Arts Council England Alan Davey, who has been awarded a CBE alongside actor and writer Meera Syal and Southbank Centre’s artistic director Jude Kelly.
Designer Es Devlin, who won an Olivier Award in 2014 for Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre, has been given an OBE for services to stage and set design, while performers James Corden, Emily Watson and Sheridan Smith have also been recognised with the honour for services to drama.
Barrie Rutter, founder and artistic director of Northern Broadsides, and Jeanetta Laurence, who is associate director of the Royal Ballet, have been honoured with OBEs for services to drama and dance respectively.
Outgoing artistic director of Leicester’s Curve Paul Kerryson, who has led Leicester Theatre Trust since 1991, has been given an MBE, as has Royal Shakespeare Company associate designer Tom Piper, who has been recognised for his work – with Paul Cummins – on the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.
Joseph Seelig, who co-founded the London International Mime Festival, has been given an OBE, alongside director of Festivals Edinburgh Faith Liddell. Graeme Phillips, who is stepping down as artistic director of Liverpool’s Unity Theatre after 34 years, has been honoured with an MBE.