The list "exemplifies the very best of our nation"
A total of 1,057 people have received an award – 52 less than last year – on the list, which was released yesterday (June 8). Honourees are chosen by civil servant committees based on nominations from the government and the public. More honours are given out at New Year’s.
Niomi McLean-Daley – aka Miss Dynamite – will receive an MBE while actor Tom Hardy will receive a CBE. Actor, screenwriter and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson – best known for her roles in Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Howards End and Nanny McPhee – will receive damehood for her services to drama.
Thompson was described in the official citation of the honours committee as “one of the UK’s most versatile and celebrated actresses, receives her honour for services to drama.”
Thompson’s Love Actually co-star and Oscar nominated actor Keira Knightley will also receive an OBE for her services to drama and charity.
Footballer Jermain Defoe will receive an OBE for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation for underprivileged children. You can see the full honours list here.
Meanwhile, Hardy is gearing up to star in Marvel’s Venom. Hardy takes the lead, playing Eddie Brock, a freelance photographer who becomes infected by an alien lifeform and turns into a half-human, half-alien villain – who sees Spider-Man as his arch nemesis.
Venom will hit UK cinemas on October 5, and is directed by Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer.