Star Wars star Ewan McGregor has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list. Singer Kate Bush has been awarded a CBE. Director of the Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, is believed to have turned down the offer of a knighthood.
Illustrator Quentin Blake, who has delighted generations with his work, particularly the images he created for many of Roald Dahl's books, has received a knighthood.
The artist, who has also published many books in his own right, said today that many of his overseas fans assume mistakenly that he is already a Sir.
"The funny thing is that my books are published a lot in France and Germany and I get a lot of letters from people there who think I have got it already, so I suppose this kind of regularises it," he said.
"I haven't quite got used to it yet, but I'm very pleased about it.
Artist Tracey Emin, whose journey from controversy to respectability has been marked with a CBE, said receiving the honour felt like being "pushed in at the deep end".
The 49-year-old, who grew up in Margate, Kent, is perhaps best known for her work My Bed, which featured an unmade bed littered with condoms, cigarette packets and a pair of knickers.
Asked about her award of the CBE, she said: "I think they pushed me in at the deep end. But I'm absolutely thrilled. It's been insane trying to keep it a secret but I'm really looking forward to seeing the look on my mum's face.
"For me this honour is a symbol of how art can change people's perception of life and view the world in a different way."