New Year Honours: Joanna Lumley, Kate Garraway and Emma Raducanu among those recognised

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4-min read
New Year Honours: Joanna Lumley, Kate Garraway and Emma Raducanu among those recognised
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Laura Kenny
    Laura Kenny
    Cyclist
  • Emma Raducanu
    Emma Raducanu
    British professional tennis player
  • Kate Garraway
    Kate Garraway
    British broadcaster
  • Joanna Lumley
    Joanna Lumley
    British actress and former model
  • Chris Whitty
    British physician and epidemiologist

Actress Joanna Lumley, broadcaster Kate Garraway and tennis star Emma Raducanu are among those recognised in the New Year Honours.

Those who have dedicated their lives to the fight against Covid-19, 2021 sporting heroes and names from showbiz, media and entertainment are all on the Queen’s list of notable people, which was released on Friday.

Married Olympic cycling stars Jason and Laura Kenny have been made a knight and a dame respectively, while the medical chiefs leading the UK’s battle against coronavirus Professor Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam have been given knighthoods.

Absolutley Fabulous star Lumley has said she is “astonished, thrilled and touched beyond words” at being made a dame.

The actress, 75, known for her role as outrageously boozy Patsy Stone in the comedy, has been honoured for services to drama, entertainment and charitable causes.

She said in a statement: “I am astonished and thrilled and touched beyond words to receive this colossal honour. It comes as a complete and unexpected surprise, and is the kindest and most beautiful present imaginable.”

Meanwhile, Garraway has been made an MBE after documenting her husband Derek Draper’s battle with coronavirus.

The TV presenter, 54, has been recognised for her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.

She is a well-known face on ITV, having presented multiple shows including Good Morning Britain, GMTV and Lorraine in a career spanning several decades.

US Open tennis champion Emma Raducanu has been made an MBE. She became the first British woman to win a grand slam since Virginia Wade in 1977, and the first qualifier of any nationality ever to do so.

Raducanu said: “It makes me immensely proud and grateful to be listed to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen. This year has been full of amazing surprises for me so to end 2021 with this appointment is very special.”

Elsewhere in showbiz and media, acclaimed actress Vanessa Redgrave, 84, has been made a dame, veteran broadcaster Moira Stuart, 72, a CBE, consumer champion Martin Lewis, also a CBE, former Spice Girl Melanie B and MBE, dancer and choreographer Ashley Banjo an MBE.

Meanwhile, James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, the same honour given to 007. A CMG is the honour often given to diplomats, and the fictional spy is described as holding it in both the films and the books by Ian Fleming.

And James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been made a CBE.

In the world of sport, Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes from Tokyo dominate the list.

As well as golden couple Jason and Laura Kenny receiving a knighthood and damehood, gold medallists Hannah Cockroft, Tom Daley, Adam Peaty and Max Whitlock were among the other star names from the summer to be recognised with OBEs.

Jason Kenny becoming the country’s most successful Olympian of all time when he won his ninth medal overall – and seventh gold – on the final day of the Games. Laura becomes a dame after her two medals in Tokyo made her the most decorated female Olympian of all time.

In the health world, England’s chief medical officer (CMO), Professor Chris Whitty, deputy CMO, Jonathan Van-Tam, and Wales’ and Scotland’s CMOs, Frank Atherton and Dr Gregor Smith, have been given knighthoods.

Elsewhere, inspirational fundraiser Captain Tobias says he is “chuffed to bits” after finding out he is the youngest person on record to feature on the list.

Tobias Weller was told just a month after his 11th birthday that he will be receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) and now he cannot wait for a chance to meet the Queen at a royal garden party.

Tobias, who has cerebral palsy and autism, was nicknamed “Captain” after he was inspired by his hero Captain Sir Tom Moore to start raising money during the pandemic lockdowns.

He completed his third challenge in September and has so far raised more than £157,000 for Paces School, where he is a student, and The Children’s Hospital Charity, in his home town of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Tobias told the PA news agency: “It feels absolutely amazing to be honoured by the Queen.”

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting