Industryites recognized for exceptional achievement
Working Title founders and co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, two of the U.K.’s most successful film producers, were made Commanders of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honors list.
The duo behind “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” are among a host of industryites recognized for exceptional achievement or service to British interests on the list, released Saturday.
BAFTA-LA chairman Gary Dartnall, who is based in Hollywood, was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services overseas in facilitating connections between the British and American film industries.
Thesps include Judi Dench, who has been made a Companion of Honor. Only 65 people in the country can hold this title at any one time.
David Jason, best known as Derek Trotter in sitcom “Only Fools and Horses,” will be presented with a knighthood and become Sir David Jason.
Stephanie Cole, star of sitcom “Waiting for God,” based in a home for the elderly, was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to drama, elderly people and mental health charities.
TV and radio broadcaster Terry Wogan will be given an honorary knighthood. Wogan is an Irish citizen and does not qualify to be known as sir. Fellow TV and radio broadcaster Jonathan Rosswill be made an OBE for his services to broadcasting.
BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Sarah Kennedy will become a Member of the Order of British Empire.
Queen Elizabeth II awards the kudos on the advice of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who also honored a clutch of guitar heroes.
Brian May, the Queen guitarist who marked the Queen’s golden jubilee last summer by playing the national anthem from the roof of Buckingham Palace, has been appointed CBE.
Led Zeppelin axman Jimmy Page has been made OBE for services to disadvantaged children in Brazil.
His former mentor and a founding father of the British blues movement, John Mayall, was appointed OBE. His band, the Bluesbreakers, launched the careers of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Mick Taylor.
Singer Midge Ure, former Ultravox front man and one of the driving forces behind Band Aid, Live Aid and the Live 8 concerts to highlight global poverty and debt on July 2 will be granted an OBE for services to music and charity.
Chris Wright, chairman and founder of the Chrysalis music group, will get a CBE.
Opera singer John Tomlinson, a regular performer with the Royal Opera House and English National Opera, also has been knighted. Scottish opera star Lisa Milne will be made an MBE.
Sue Street, the permanent secretary at the Dept. for Culture, Media and Sports, will become a dame.
Frank Gardner, the BBC’s security correspondent who was shot in Saudi Arabia last summer in an incident in which his cameraman Simon Cumbers died, has been awarded an OBE for services to journalism.
Sylvia Young, founder of London’s Sylvia Young Theater School, willbe made an OBE.