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2013 New Year Honours see cyclist Bradley Wiggins knighted along with sailor Ben Ainslie. David Weir, Mo Farah and Jess Ennis get CBEs.
Gay rights activist and actor-turned-politician Michael Cashman was awarded a CBE in today's New Year's Honours.
Cashman, 62, is probably best-known for delivering the first gay kiss on British prime-time TV, sparking record numbers of complaints but also many plaudits when his character Colin Russell pecked lover Barry Clark on the forehead in a 1987 episode of EastEnders.
Colin was the first homosexual character in the BBC soap, and his introduction caused huge controversy at a time when gay people were largely represented as camp figures of fun on TV.
British boxer Nicola Adams is to be awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.
The 30-year-old from Leeds made history by becoming the first woman to win an Olympic medal in boxing.
Olympic medallist-turned-Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith described his MBE as "without a doubt the proudest moment of my life".
The Peterborough gymnast was a member of Britain's surprise bronze medal success in the men's team competition at the London 2012 Olympics.
He also won silver on the pommel horse with one of the hardest routines in the world.
"To receive this honour is out of this world and something I never would have dreamt of as I grew up in the sport of gymnastics," said Smith, 23.
Olympic gold medal-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford is to be awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.
One notable name missing from the New Year Honours list is Danny Boyle the man behind the Olympic opening ceremony.
The Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting director is believed to have turned down the offer of a knighthood.
Dave Brailsford has said that he sees his knighthood as a group, not an individual accolade.
Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has been recognised in the 2013 New Year's Honours list with a knighthood for bringing new energy and action on gangs, guns and knife crime in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and his focus on sustaining front line visibility.
He is also recognised for overseeing policing during the Diamond Jubilee, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Commissioner Hogan-Howe said: "I am very proud and thrilled at this recognition of the hard work of colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, South Yorkshire, Merseyside and Her Majesty's Inspectorate.
"I couldn't have achieved this without the love and support of my wife Marion, and my mum, who hasn't seen the day."
Former Strictly Come Dancing judge and choreographer Arlene Phillips has said that she is "absolutely thrilled" to receive a CBE.
She said, "I am very pleasantly surprised but mostly absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive such a wonderful honour".
Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours.
After his disappointing loss in the Wimbledon men's final, Murray went on to win two Olympics medals and the 2012 US Open.