Royal recognition for 'Queen Mother' Helena
New Year Honours: Entertainment
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Saturday 31 December 2011
Helena Bonham Carter started the year playing the Queen's mother. Next year she will enjoy a real visit to Buckingham Palace to be honoured for services to acting.
The actress, who starred in The King's Speech opposite Colin Firth, is appointed CBE in today's New Year Honours list. Other entertainers to be recognised include the veteran comedian Ronnie Corbett and the presenter Lorraine Kelly.
Bonham Carter, who lives in London with her husband Tim Burton, the film director, got her first acting job at 16, in a television advert. Her breakthrough role came in 1985 as Lucy Honeychurch in the Merchant Ivory film A Room With A View. She has also appeared in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite and played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series.
The King's Speech went on to win four Oscars including Best Picture.
Corbett is appointed CBE for his services to entertainment and charity work, 33 years after he was created OBE. The 81-year-old, who started out in cabaret, moved into television in the 1950s. The much-loved Scot remains most famous for The Two Ronnies, with Ronnie Barker, which ran from 1971 to 1987, and Sorry. More recently, he appeared in the comedy film thriller Burke And Hare, and the BBC Radio 4 sitcom When The Dog Dies.
Lorraine Kelly, who presents Lorraine on ITV, is created OBE for services to charity and the armed forces. Kelly, who left school at 17 to join her local paper before moving to GMTV, said she was "thrilled and deeply honoured". She has supported charities including Comic Relief, Muscle Help Foundation and Freedom from Fistula.
Remi Adefarasin, a cinematographer working in television and films, is appointed OBE. His work includes the Second World War television series Band Of Brothers.
The actor David Harewood, who played Nelson Mandela in the TV film Mrs Mandela, is created MBE.
New Year Honours List 2012:
* Knights Bachelor
* Order of the Bath
* Royal Victorian Order, Royal Victorian Medal, and Colonial Police and Fire Service Medal
* Order of the British Empire, Civil - GBE, DBE, CBE
* Order of the British Empire, Civil - OBE
* Order of the British Empire, Civil - MBE
* Diplomatic Services and Overseas List
* Military Division
- 1 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 5 We have six months to save the world, says leading economist
California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
Sepp Blatter resigns: FBI are investigating outgoing Fifa president, claims report
Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a solutions / s...
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you inspired to bring new a...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...