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Queen’s birthday honours for Cumberbatch, Ejiofor and Redmayne

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been appointed CBE. Photo: Tristram Kenton Chiwetel Ejiofor, pictures here in Everyman at the National) has talked about his need to diversify a film career with theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Eddie Redmayne have been recognised as part of the Queen’s birthday honours list, which also sees Lenny Henry and Kevin Spacey receive knighthoods.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s leadership duo – artistic director Jonathan Church and executive director Alan Finch – have also been honoured in the list, alongside frequent CFT director Jonathan Kent. All three were awarded CBEs. Church and Finch leave Chichester next year after a decade with the theatre.

Cumberbatch and Ejiofor have also been awarded CBEs, while Redmayme has been made an OBE.

Henry, who was awarded a CBE in 1999, has been made a knight, while American-born Spacey, has been awarded an honorary KBE for services to theatre, arts education and international culture.

Spacey, whose 11-year tenure as artistic director of the Old Vic comes to an end this autumn, said he was “honoured and humbled” by the recognition, adding: “I feel like an adopted son.”

Performers Michael Ball, Martin Clunes and Lesley Manville have been awarded OBEs as part of the list, alongside Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat and outgoing chief executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Christopher Barron.

Artistic director and chief executive of Manchester International Festival Alex Poots, who leaves his post after this year’s event in July, has been awarded a CBE, as has British Film Institute chief executive Amanda Nevill and Nicola Mendelsohn, who is co-chair of the Creative Industries Council.

Television producer Nigel Lythgoe has been recognised as part of the diplomatic and overseas list. He receives an OBE for performing arts, education and charity overseas.

Peter Millican, who is chief executive of arts hub King’s Place, and Royal Academy of Dance artistic director Lynn Wallis have been recognised with OBEs, while director Paulette Randall and the Royal Ballet’s principal dancer Edward Watson have both been given MBEs.

Zoe Jackson, who founded performing arts company Living the Dream, has been honoured with an MBE.

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