Moore, Mirren top Queen’s b’day bash

Connolly, Sting, Briers also among honorees

LONDON — Thesps Roger Moore and Helen Mirren lead a distinguished list of entertainers named in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honors list, released on Saturday.

Moore, who starred in seven Bond films, is knighted for services to the children’s charity Unicef, and may now call himself Sir Roger. Mirren, 57, is made a dame.

In descending order, the honors are knighthoods, Commander of the British Empire (CBE), Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) and Officer of the British Empire (OBE).

HBO Film prexy Colin Callender becomes a CBE for services to the U.K. film and TV industries in the U.S.

Comedian and thesp Billy Connolly, musician Sting (real name: Gordon Sumner), Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, sitcom star and Shakespearean actor Richard Briers and fellow Shakespearean thesp Simon Russell Beale, who performed in “Othello” at the age of 14, also become CBEs.

A CBE also goes to BBC Radio 2 controller James Moir, while John Tusa, managing director of the Barbican arts center in London, is knighted.

TV chef Jamie Oliver, host of “The Naked Chef,” who recently opened a restaurant staffed by disadvantaged youngsters, is made an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Thesp Jim Dale, who toplined “Barnum” on Broadway and voices the Harry Potter audio books in the U.S., is made an MBE.

Gerry Marsden, singer with 1960s Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers who recorded “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” gets an MBE for services to charity.

Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown and Gary Brooker, who sang “A Whiter Shade of Pale” for Procol Harum, become MBEs.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Oscar-nominated for her role in “The English Patient,” and Geraldine James, star of last year’s BBC adaptation of “Crime and Punishment,” are made OBEs along with vet thesp Peter Carmichael, 82, famous as TV’s Bertie Wooster, and Jools Holland, host of TV’s “Later” show and a talented pianist.

An OBE also goes to Lloyd Grossman, former presenter of “Masterchef,” who worked on the Better Hospital Food campaign, and Bill Oddie, host of TV nature shows and a former member of 1970s comedy act the Goodies.

An OBE goes to David Willey, the BBC’s Rome correspondent.

The honors are bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II but are largely chosen by the government. The public also nominates people.

(The BBC and Associated Press contributed to this report.)