Women outdo men on New Year Honours list for first time

More women than men have been named in the New Year Honours list for the first time ever - accounting for 51% of the recipients. They include actress Penelope Keith, singer Katherine Jenkins and Gavin and Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones.

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Actress Angela Lansbury's a genuine Hollywood Dame

Actress Angela Lansbury, who has been made a Dame of the British Empire, has her roots in London's East End despite a career that has seen her become a fixture in Hollywood and on Broadway.

Angela Lansbury is to become a Dame. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 88-year-old actress is known to millions as the sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote but her career includes countless film roles including appearances in Bedknobs And Broomsticks, The Manchurian Candidate and alongside Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii.

Lansbury, who was previously awarded a CBE, was born in Poplar, east London, but moved to the US during the Second World War after the death of her father Edgar, who was a politician.

Her award, on the overseas list, was for "services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy".

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