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Emma Thompson appointed a dame in Queen’s birthday honours

Emma Thompson, Marianne Elliott and Abi Morgan have all been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours. Photos: Shutterstock/Helen Maybanks
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Actor Emma Thompson has been appointed a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours list, in which director Marianne Elliott and playwright Abi Morgan have also been recognised.

Thompson, whose theatre work includes Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum, has been given the honour for her services to drama.

Other performers to receive honours include singer, actor and comedian Gary Wilmot, who receives an MBE, as well as actors Keira Knightley and Tom Hardy, who are both appointed OBE.

As well as Elliott and Morgan, other arts figures to be appointed OBE include the owner of Grange Park Opera in Leatherhead, Bamber Gascoigne, for services to the arts, opera singer Alice Coote, and actors Timothy Bentinck and Fenella Fielding.

National Youth Theatre chief executive Paul Roseby receives an OBE for his services to drama and young people, while producer Caro Newling is also made an OBE.

Kerry Michael, former artistic director of London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East, has been appointed an MBE. Poet, playwright and spoken word performer Louise Wallwein has also received an MBE, as have the director of the Egg space at Bath’s Theatre Royal, Kate Cross, and ballet dancer Gary Avis.

Dance teacher Alpana Sengupta is appointed an MBE for services to South Asian Dance and Veronica Jobbins, head of learning and participation at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, receives the same honour. Sarah Gordy, an actress with Down’s Syndrome, is also appointed MBE for her services to the arts and people with disabilities.

Southbank Centre director of music Gillian Moore and director of the Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare have been appointed CBE.

Others to be recognised include philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman, after whom who the National’s Dorfman Theatre is named. He receives a knighthood for services to the arts and philanthropy. Baritone Simon Keenlyside was also appointed a knight for services to music.

Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa has been appointed a Companion of Honour for services to music.
It has also been announced that choreographer Hofesh Shechter has been awarded an honorary OBE for services to dance.

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