Barbara Windsor Tops New Year’s Honours
Written by Duncan Martin on December 31, 2015
Barbara Windsor is among the leading entertainment and arts figures to be recognised in the New Year Honours.
The veteran star of EastEnders and the Carry On films said she was “thrilled” to be made a dame for services to charity and entertainment.
Actress Sian Phillips also receives a damehood for services to drama, while choreographer Matthew Bourne is to be knighted for services to dance.
Idris Elba OBE
Idris Elba, the star of Luther, said of his OBE: “Awards and honours come in all shapes and sizes and all as significant as the other. But this is beyond special as it comes from queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now”.
Actress Imelda Staunton, whose recent successes include her award-winning turn in the West End musical Gypsy, receives a CBE for services to drama.