Barbara Windsor has been made a dame in the New Year Honours list.
The veteran actress, best known for a fourteen year stint as EastEnders‘ Peggy Mitchell and the saucy Carry On movie franchise, has received the honour for services to charity and entertainment.
Dame Barbara, 78, said she was “so very honoured, proud and extremely humbled” by the award.
“Dame Barbara sounds nice doesn’t it? For a girl from the East End born into a working-class family and an evacuee during World War Two, this is truly like a dream,” – Barbara Windsor.
Keeping her company on the list are celebrated Welsh thespian Sian Phillips, who has been made a dame; three-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton who receives a CBE, and actors Idris Elba, David Oyelowo and James Nesbitt who all get OBEs.
Nesbitt has been awarded for services to acting and Northern Ireland following years of helping families affected by the Troubles,
“I’ve been very blessed with my work and very blessed to come from Northern Ireland and for those two things to be on the citation was really rather gratifying.” – James Nesbitt
1,196 personalities feature on the list in total which also sees an OBE for sports presenter and former tennis player Sue Barker and a MBE for Match Of The Day‘s first female commentator Jacqui Oatley. Also on the list is champion jockey Tony McCoy whose services to horse racing has seen him receive a knighthood. Earlier this month he picked up a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.
Also honoured with OBEs are multiple world champion snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan and Blur singer Damon Albarn. Falklands veteran and charity campaigner Simon Weston becomes a CBE.
The list is dominated by people who have undertaken work in their local community.