Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire said she was thrilled and "slightly speechless" after receiving the OBE.
The former Coronation Street star, 53, received the accolade for services to drama from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
Lancashire, whose three children watched her receive her award, said she had been nervous because "I don't do things like this very easily".
The Oldham-raised Bafta-winning actress has enjoyed a career spanning four decades.
She has starred in popular television programmes, such as Corrie, where she played Raquel Wolstenholme from 1991 to 1996.
More recently she has gained critical acclaim in roles in drama series, including comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax and crime drama Happy Valley.
She said she hoped to produce more of both shows, which were both written by Sally Wainwright.
One of her next on-screen projects will be the 'dark' Channel 4 drama Kiri in the new year.