Oscar rivals recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Best actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been made an OBE for services to drama.
Best actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been made an OBE for services to drama.

Famous names in the worlds of acting, literature and music are among those honoured by the Queen today.

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of hit TV drama Sherlock and a best actor Oscar nominee for his performance as Alaun Turing in The Imitation Game, has been made a CBE for services to the performing arts and charity.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been made a CBE in  in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been made a CBE in in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

And Eddie Redmayne, who beat Cumberbatch to the best actor Oscar prize for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything is made an OBE for services to drama.

Another actor honoured is 59-year-old Lesley Manville.

The star of stage and screen, winner of the 2014 best actress Olivier Award for her work in Ghosts, is also made an OBE for services to drama.

She said: “To be honoured for my work makes me extremely proud and happy.”

Michael Ball has been made an OBE.

Michael Ball has been made an OBE.

Comedian Lenny Henry has been knighted for services to drama and charity.

The 56-year-old said: “It is an extraordinary thing and I am absolutely thrilled.”

Author Michael Bond – creator of Paddington – has been made a CBE for services to children’s literature.

The 89-year-old said: “I am delighted, but I do think my pleasure is mostly directed at Paddington getting it, because he is a very real person to me.”

Broadcaster Nicky Campbell, who was adopted as a child and is a patron of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering, is made an OBE for services to children.

The Radio 5 Live presenter said: “If I have in any small way helped raise the profile of adoption and fostering then I’m supremely proud.”

Elsewhere, OBEs go to singer Van Morrison, for services to the music industry and tourism in Northern Ireland, Doc Martin star Martin Clunes, for services to drama and charity, and actor and singer Michael Ball, for services to musical theatre.