Julie Walters appointed a dame in Queen’s birthday honours

Julie Walters. Photo: Twocoms/Shutterstock Julie Walters. Photo: Twocoms/Shutterstock
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Julie Walters has been given a damehood in the Queen’s birthday honours list, in which arts figures including Patricia Hodge, Sarah Lancashire and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are also recognised.

Walters has been appointed a dame, alongside fellow performers June Whitfield and Olivia de Havilland – who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama principal Hilary Boulding has also been appointed a dame. She leaves the drama school this year to become president of Trinity College, Oxford.

Entertainer Billy Connolly has been knighted in the honours list, while dancer Beryl Gray and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling are both inducted to the list of Companions of Honour.

Nine individuals have been added to the list in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

CBEs go to opera singer Gerald Finley, Archers actor June Spencer and former chief executive of dance organisation the Place Kenneth Tharp, while arts figures awarded an OBE include Cheek by Jowl founders Declan Donnellan and Nicholas Ormerod.

They are joined by David Walliams – for his charity work – Hodge, and Lancashire in getting OBEs.

Fellow actors Mbatha-Raw, Karen Bryson and Vikas Kumar were given MBEs, alongside ballet dancer Romayne Grigorova.

Sue Lister, who runs York-based women’s theatre company Real People has been awarded an MBE, as has Open Clasp Theatre’s Catrina McHugh, who has also been recognised for her work with women through theatre.

Chris Elwell, artistic director of east London’s Half Moon Theatre, was awarded a British Empire Medal.