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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Businesswoman Brady recognised in New Year Honours

Karren Brady has been awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship and women in business. Credit: PA Wire

The Apprentice star Karren Brady has been awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship and women in business in the New Year Honours list.

Brady was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham Football Club in 2010.

Netmums website founders awarded OBEs

One of the co-founders of parental support website Netmums has said her OBE recognises the achievements of all mothers.

Sally Russell, who started the site in 2000 with two other young mothers, said she felt "humbled" to receive the award.

Sally Russell photographed with Prime Minister David Cameron at the Netmums offices in 2012. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Archive/Press Association Images

She and co-founders Siobhan Freegard and Cathy Court all receive the OBE in the New Year Honours list.

Mrs Russell said: "It's not so much a personal recognition but a recognition of what's been achieved by mums all over the country.

"We're really delighted that it has recognised that through something as simple as the internet we can make a difference to people's lives and that's what motivated us in the first place and still motivates us today, and it's lovely to see that recognised in the wider world.

"It's extremely exciting and of course it's also a huge personal honour. I feel very humbled, it wasn't expected at all."

The three women met when their eldest sons were at playgroup together and decided to set up a local website to help other young mothers in their area.

Since then Netmums.com has grown to become Britain's biggest parenting site, with 1.6 million members.


Angel Of The North sculptor knighted

Angel Of The North sculptor Antony Gormley has been honoured with a knighthood. Credit: PA Wire

Angel Of The North sculptor Antony Gormley has received a knighthood for services to the arts in the 2014 New Year Honours list.

The 63-year-old is one of the country's most prominent artists, with public works to his name including the giant rust-coloured Angel Of The North and Another Place - which consists of 100 cast-iron figures on a Merseyside beach looking out to sea.

Gormley, who grew up in London and was educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, said he felt the award was representative of a shift in the culture of the country.

He said: "We've realised we are rather good at making things that are not simply ships, planes or military equipment. This is something we can be proud of and take to other cultures.

"I think it's a feeling that these sort of awards went to people, and of course still do, that have served the country in obvious ways militarily, politically or industrially and now they also go to people that have opened people's minds and this reflects that shift."

Michael Crawford: CBE was 'most wonderful surprise'

Michael Crawford has been awarded a CBE for services to children's charities. Credit: PA Wire

Actor and singer Michael Crawford said his CBE for services to children's charities was "the most wonderful surprise".

The 71-year-old got his big break when composer Benjamin Britten picked him out to appear in one of his operas while he was still at school and he went on to carve out a career on stage and screen.

It was his role as the hapless Frank Spencer in 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em that made Crawford a household name, but he continued to appear in the theatre and in 1981 he starred in the West End version of the hit Broadway musical Barnum.

He won an Olivier Award for Barnum and it set the stage for his long-running role in The Phantom Of The Opera.

Crawford, who was awarded the OBE in 1986, said: "It is the most wonderful surprise. My very first thought when I received the news was how proud my mother would be.

"I do thank most sincerely those who are responsible for my receiving this great honour and to all my friends and colleagues at The Sick Children's Trust, I'm proud to be a part of our very special charity."

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".

DJ Pete Tong 'proud' to be awarded MBE

Pete Tong has been awarded an MBE for services to music and broadcasting. Credit: PA Wire

DJ Pete Tong said he was "proud" to be awarded an MBE for his services to music and broadcasting.

The Radio 1 presenter has also worked as a producer, supervised the soundtracks for films such as The Beach and 24 Hour Party People and has released a lengthy list of compilations and mix albums.

Tong said: "It's great to receive this honour for being a DJ. I'm proud that it acknowledges a profession that I care about a great deal, and one that's made a huge impact around the world."


Kevin McCloud awarded MBE for sustainabilty work

Kevin McCloud, best known for his role as presenter of long-running TV series Grand Designs, has been honoured for his work on sustainable buildings and has been awarded an MBE.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is awarded an MBE. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

McCloud's passion for sustainable living has led him to set up him his own firm, Hab, which created an award-winning development in Swindon - featured in another TV show, Kevin's Grand Design - and he is working on further projects.

Parents of murdered schoolboy receive MBEs

Barry and Margaret Mizen receive MBEs for services to young people. Credit: PA Wire

The parents of murdered 16-year-old schoolboy Jimmy Mizen said they are "honoured and humbled" to receive MBEs for services to young people in the 2014 New Year Honours list.

Jimmy was killed on May 10 2008 - the day after his 16th birthday - after he was attacked in Lee, south east London. Jake Fahri is serving a life sentence for his murder.

Since then, Barry and Margaret Mizen have battled to help make young people safer - including creating the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, which works to increase young people's awareness of the consequences of violent crime.

Mr Mizen said the award was not just a reward for him and his wife but for the whole family, who are all involved in some way in the foundation.

Prince George doctor honoured by the Queen

Marcus Setchell (centre) leaves St Mary's Hospital following the safe arrival of Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The consultant obstetrician who led the team that delivered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby has been made a knight commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Sir Marcus Setchell, who was the Queen's gynaecologist for two decades, could not contain his delight after Prince George was born on July 22 at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London.

Setchell, who delayed his retirement after being asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to oversee the birth of the third in line to the throne, becomes Sir Marcus as he is made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) - an honour in the personal gift of the Queen.

Sir Marcus Setchell oversaw the safe delivery of Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The 70-year-old looked after Kate when she was taken to hospital with severe morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy, and previously helped save the life of the Countess of Wessex in 2003 when she was eight months pregnant with her elder child Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor.

Awards made under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) are in the Queen's personal gift and are bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street.

They recognise service to the royal family.

Lynda Bellingham awarded OBE after 'tough year'

Actress Lynda Bellingham, best known for her long-running role in the Oxo TV adverts, has said being awarded an OBE is a "fantastic way to move forward" after a "tough year" in which she received treatment for cancer.

Bellingham, whose sister Barbara died from lung cancer, has been a high-profile supporter of Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Actress Lynda Bellingham is to receive an OBE in the New Year honours. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

She said of her inclusion in the New Year Honours list, for her charity work: "I am absolutely delighted and proud to receive this OBE.

"It has been a long and tough year but this award is just a fantastic way to move forward. I feel honoured and inspired and very grateful."

Bellingham's career highlights include TV series All Creatures Great And Small, competing in Strictly Come Dancing and starring in the touring stage production of Calendar Girls.

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