Who's Who: Rocker Daltrey 'thrilled' with CBE award
Friday 31 December 2004
The rock legend, Roger Daltrey, 60, lead vocalist of The Who, was created a CBE for his services to music. He said: "I am so pleased. It is really great to be honoured by my country."
Pete Waterman, the British record producer, songwriter and television presenter, was raised to the OBE for his uncanny ability to create a chart hit. He is said to have been behind more Number 1s than the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Meanwhile, Dr Fanny Waterman, artistic director of the highly respected Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, was also rewarded with the OBE for services to music.
Actress Anna Massey said she was "absolutely thrilled" to become a CBE for her services to drama. Massey, 67, has won a string of awards for her stage and television work, including her performance as a lonely spinster in the 1986 television version of Hotel du Lac, which earned her a Bafta.
"I am absolutely thrilled to receive this. It was a lovely surprise to have my name put forward," she said.
The OBE was conferred on the actor Tom Wilkinson, who featured in The Full Monty. He followed that up with a number of successes, including In The Bedroom, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
Ray Cooney, who began his career as a boy actor and developed into a prolific writer of West End comedies and farces, was rewarded with the OBE. His works include Chase Me Comrade, Run For Your Wife and Funny Money. The OBE was also conferred on John Sullivan, the television scriptwriter whose successes include Only Fools And Horses, Citizen Smith, Heartburn Hotel and Micawber.
The playwright Alan Plater, who became CBE, has written for radio, television and the theatre. He has contributed to series such as Z Cars and The Beiderbecke Affair, and his dramatisations include The Barchester Chronicles. The illustrator Quentin Blake, whose quirky work has added to Roald Dahl's books, was rewarded with the OBE for services to children's literature.
Eric Sykes, one of the best-loved comic actors of his generation, was among a raft of television and film celebrities to be included on the Honours List. Sykes, 81, who becomes a CBE, emerged as a household figure in the 1950s on radio, but he is best remembered for the television sitcom Sykes, co-starring Hattie Jacques, which became the longest-running programme of its type.
Another master of television sitcom, Geoffrey Palmer, was raised to the OBE. He came to fame for his roles in The Fall And Rise of Reginald Perrin and Butterflies.
Among other media figures recognised for their work was the journalist, Alan Whicker, created CBE. Peter Florence, who co-founded the annual Hay Festival, becomes an MBE, and Yinka Shonibare, the artist nominated for the Turner Prize, was granted the same honour.
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