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James Corden, John Hurt, Kristin Scott Thomas Feted in U.K. Honors List

LONDON — Incoming “Late Late Show” host, James Corden, has been feted by the British government in its New Year Honors list.

Corden, who is named as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama, told the BBC: “I feel very lucky to be born in a country where creativity is both encouraged and valued.”

Corden is one of many entertainment figures recognized in the New Year honors, which are awarded for exceptional achievement or service in a particular field.

Actor John Hurt receives a knighthood, one of the highest honors, for services to drama. The equivalent honor for women, a damehood, goes to actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Joan Collins, for services to drama and charity, respectively, and TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who is recognized for her campaigning work for the rights of children and older people.

Other showbiz folk on the list include actresses Sheridan Smith and Emily Watson, and screenwriter William Nicholson, whose work includes “Gladiator.” All three receive OBEs.

Actress and author Meera Syal and Grammy-winning producer Peter Asher are made Commanders of the British Empire (CBE).

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