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Arise, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Zaha Hadid
Birthday honours also for Kate Winslet, Gary Barlow and the Ballet Boyz
Zaha Hadid, visionary architect of the London Olympics Aquatic Centre, becomes a Dame and three new knights of the arts are created in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours announced this morning. Actor Kenneth Branagh, long touted as Sir Laurence Olivier's heir in the classical tradition, becomes a Sir, as do Michael Boyd, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and opera director David McVicar.
Kate Winslet becomes CBE, as do Sadler's Wells chief Alistair Spalding and composer Michael Berkeley and Harry Christophers, founder of the baroque vocal ensemble The Sixteen.
Among the new OBEs are the Ballet Boyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, popularisers of ballet on television, and several classical musicians, including violinist Tasmin Little, pianist Joanna MacGregor and English National Opera music director Edward Gardner. TV choirmaster Gareth Malone and pop singer Gary Barlow, film director Sally Potter and broadcast Armando Iannucci are also made OBEs.
In visual arts one of the unsung heroines of British contemporary art, the patron Delfina Entrecanales, becomes CBE for her artists' residency programmes, the Scottish museums chief Gordon Rintoul is also made CBE and the co-founders of the experimental arts project Artangel, Michael Morris and James Lingwood, become MBEs.
Former Labour culture secretary Tessa Jowell and leading arts patron Theresa Sackler, a benefactor of galleries, theatres and opera houses in Britain and abroad, both become Dames.
- KBE Sir Kenneth Branagh, actor and director
- KBE Sir Michael Boyd, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company
- CBE Vikki Heywood, executive director of the Royal Shakespeare Company
- OBE Beeban Kidron, director
- OBE Kwame Kwei-Armah, playwright, director, actor
- OBE Jean Marsh, actress and writer
- MBE April Ashley, actress (for her transgender campaigning)
- MBE Felix Cross, artistic director of NITRO black music theatre
- MBE Amanda Redman, actress and founder of the Artists' Theatre School
- KBE Sir David McVicar, opera director
- CBE Michael Berkeley, composer
- CBE Harry Christophers, founder of The Sixteen
- OBE Gary Barlow, pop singer
- OBE Edward Gardner, music director of English National Opera
- OBE Tasmin Little, violinist
- OBE Joanna MacGregor, pianist
- OBE Gareth Malone, choirmaster and broadcaster
- OBE Elaine Padmore, former Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House
- OBE Andrew Jowett, chief executive of Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall
- CBE Alistair Spalding, chief executive and artistic director of Sadler's Wells Theatre
- OBE Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, dancers and co-founders of the Ballet Boyz
- OBE Brenda Last, former Royal Ballet dancer and ballet mistress
- OBE Richard Gleave, former World Ballroom Dancing Champion, for services to ballroom dancing
- CBE Kate Winslet, actress
- CBE Joshua Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros UK
- OBE Jenny Agutter, actress (for charity work)
- OBE Sally Potter, film director
- CBE Mary Berry, cookery writer and broadcaster
- OBE Armando Iannucci, writer and broadcaster
- OBE Anne Bulford, chief operating officer of Channel 4
- DBE Dame Zaha Hadid, architect of the London Olympics Aquatic Centre
- CBE Delfina Entrecanales, founder of the Delfina Studio Trust and Delfina Foundation
- CBE Prof Jack Lohman, former director of the Museum of London
- CBE Gordon Rintoul, director of the National Museums of Scotland
- OBE Victoria Pomeroy, director of Turner Contemporary
- OBE Carole Patey, arts and heritage fundraiser
- MBE John Blakeley, sculptor (such as Che Guevara, Sir Laurence Olivier, War Graves Commission)
- MBEs James Lingwood and Michael Morris, co-directors of Artangel
Literature, media and design
- CBE Susan Hill, author
- CBE Alexander Chancellor, columnist and former editor on The Spectator
- CBE Rt Hon Sir Peter Riddell, assistant editor and former political editor on The Times
- OBE Felicity Green, fashion journalist
- OBE Sarah Burton, fashion designer and creative director Alexander McQueen
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