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Winslet, Branagh top British honours list

  • 16 Jun 2012
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LONDON (AFP)
British actress Kate Winslet

She has won the Stirling Prize -- Britain's top architecture award -- for the last two years running.

Former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, who played a key role in bringing the 2012 Games to London, was also made a dame, for her services in support of the event, which gets under way on July 27.

Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd and Charles Dunstone, the founder and chairman of Europe's biggest mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, were both knighted.

"In The Loop" director Armando Iannucci, the Scot behind many of Britain's best comedy shows in the last 20 years, was given an OBE for services to broadcasting.

Motorcycle stuntman Eddie Kidd, left wheelchair-bound after an accident in 1996, received an OBE for services to charitable giving.

April Ashley, 77, who in 1960 became the first Briton to undergo a sex change operation, becomes an MBE, a member of the order, for services to transgender equality.

Honours lists are produced twice a year, at New Year and to coincide with the queen's official birthday in June. She turned 86 in April.

Most recipients are not celebrities, but people who have given their time for charity work or helping their local communities. Anyone can nominate someone for an award.

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