Knighthood for Brucie and gongs for other stars

Cheers: Bruce Forsyth gets a long-awaited Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
Cheers: Bruce Forsyth gets a long-awaited Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

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Entertainment king Bruce Forsyth receives a long-awaited knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List today.

The 83-year-old Strictly Come Dancing host’s TV career spanning more than half a century is recognised after years of campaigning by fans.

A CBE goes to Colin Firth, giving him a chance to ask the Queen in person what she thought of his Oscar-winning performance as her father George VI in The King’s Speech.

Singer Bryan Ferry receives a CBE and England’s Ashes-winning cricketers are honoured with OBEs for captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower, and an MBE for player of the series Alastair Cook.

Ex-EastEnder Brooke Kinsella, 27, gets an MBE for her campaign against knife crime, prompted by the murder of her brother Ben, 16, in 2008.

Author Julia Donaldson, 62, best known for The Gruffalo, gets an MBE, and Radio 2 DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, 65, and actor Bernard Cribbins, 82, both get OBEs.

IVF pioneer Professor Robert Edwards, 85, is knighted eight months after being awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for his work that led to the birth of the first test tube baby.

Knighthoods go to Bank of England governor Mervyn King, 63, and Brian Souter, 56, chief executive of transport group Stagecoach, while Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King, 50, is given a CBE.