New Year Honours: And it’s thank you from me, as Ronnie Corbett heads showbiz list

Ronnie Corbet.
Ronnie Corbet.
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STARS of the big and small screen feature in the New Year’s honours list – with veteran funnyman Ronnie Corbett and film star Helena Bonham Carter among those recognised.

Scottish comedian Corbett, who turned 81 earlier this month, is made a CBE for services to entertainment and charity.

Bonham Carter, 45, who played the Queen Mother in the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech, is made a CBE for services to drama.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly said she was “thrilled” to be made an OBE for services to charity and the armed forces.

The 52-year-old has long supported the armed forces and this year launched UK Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh.

She said: “I’m so thrilled and deeply honoured.”

Two big names behind the scenes in television – Peter Bazalgette of Endemol, the company behind Big Brother, and Paul Smith, of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? creator Celador – also feature on the list.

Mr Smith, 64, is made a CBE for services to the media industry, while Mr Bazalgette, 58, who is knighted for services to broadcasting, said he viewed the award as an acknowledgement of the work of independent TV production firms.

Birmingham-born actor David Harewood, 46, known for his roles in Blood Diamond and television’s The Vice, is made an MBE for services to drama.

In the media, Alex Crawford gets an OBE for services to broadcast journalism.

The war correspondent, now based in South Africa, became a household name after she reported live from the back of a truck as rebels advanced into Tripoli this summer.

And It’s a Knockout host Stuart Hall, 82, is made an OBE for services to broadcasting and charity.

Literary endeavours are recognised with a string of accolades for writers including author and Booker Prize-winner Penelope Lively, 78, who is made a dame.

A string of names from British fashion are also singled out for their achievements, with John Ayton and his wife Annoushka, the couple behind Links of London, made MBEs.

Shoe designer Emma Hope is also made an MBE, along with Lulu Kennedy, founder of the venture Fashion East which was established to nurture up-and-coming talent.

Figures in political and public life are also rewarded.

Labour MP Joan Ruddock, 68, who made her mark as a CND campaigner, becomes a dame for public and political services and Lord Alex Carlile, 63, the former independent reviewer of anti-terror laws is made a CBE for services to national security.