Queen honors U.K. industryites

List includes Berger, Branagh, Winslet

LONDON — A raft of U.K. industryites, including Warner Bros. topper Josh Berger, helmer-thesp Kenneth Branagh and actress Kate Winslet, were honored by Queen Elizabeth II this weekend for their efforts in the business.

Belfast-born “Thor” director Branagh, whose career spans from Shakespeare to roles in “My Week With Marilyn” and the “Harry Potter” franchise, was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list.

The list, which honors 1,201 people across all facets of life, not just the entertainment biz, honored Branagh for his services to drama and to the community of Northern Ireland.

Warner Bros. U.K. prexy and m.d. Berger was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire), the rank just below knighthood, for his services to the creative industries. Berger, who has been with the company for 23 years, is responsible for Warner Bros.’ U.K. business activities. Last week, the company opened Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (where the “Harry Potter” franchise was shot), a state-of-the-art film and TV studio, furthering the major’s commitment to the Brit pic biz.

Winslet, whose acting credits include “Titanic,” “The Reader” and more recently “Carnage,” also received a CBE, for her services to drama.

Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury received an MBE for services to the film industry.

Michael Boyd, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was knighted this weekend, while U.K. “X-Factor” judge and singer Gary Barlow received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to the entertainment industry and to charity.

Armando Iannucci, the comedy writer and brains behind BBC series “The Thick of It” and pic “In the Loop,” was awarded an OBE for his services to broadcasting, while Channel 4 chief operating officer Anne Bulford also nabbed an OBE for her services to broadcasting.

Additional recipients of OBEs include: Edward Gardener, English National Opera music director, for services to music; Beeban Kidron, film director, for services to drama; Kwame Kwei-Armah, playwright, director and actor, for services to drama; Jean Marsh, actress, for services to drama; Sally Potter, film director, for services to film; James Beirne, Live theater CEO, for services to theater.

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