LONDON — Scottish thesp Ewan McGregor is one of a host of showbiz folk who have been feted in the U.K.’s New Year honors list that celebrates achievement across a wide range of fields.
McGregor, who toplines in tsunami drama “The Impossible,” was handed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to drama and charity.
Singer-songwriter Kate Bush was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her service to music, along with choreographer Arlene Phillips, a former judge on TV skein “Strictly Come Dancing,” and vidgame designer Ian Livingstone, founder of “Tomb Raider” studio Eidos.
A knighthood went to Nick Williams, the principal of performing arts college the Brit School, whose students have included Adele and Amy Winehouse.
The Guardian newspaper’s theater critic, Michael Billington, and the Observer’s film critic, Philip French, received OBEs, as did theater producer Nica Burns, the chief exec of Nimax Theaters, and actor Adrian Lester.
Erica Whyman, deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and comedy actor-screenwriter Jeremy Lloyd also received OBEs.
Catherine Ugwu, exec producer of the London Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies, was given an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
The recipients are nominated by government departments and the public twice a year. An independent selection committee draws up the list of honorees that is submitted to Queen Elizabeth II, who hands out the awards.