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Artists and actors among New Year honours

The creators of the sea of poppies that engulfed the Tower of London and actors Joan Collins, James Corden and Sheridan Smith are among those receiving awards in the New Year Honours.

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Joan Collins 'deeply honoured' to be made a Dame

Joan Collins said she was "deeply honoured" after it was revealed she would be made a Dame in the New Year Honours list.

The 81-year-old actress, who has been recognised for her decades of charity work, said, "It is humbling to receive this level of recognition from my Queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful."

Collins is best known for her role as Alexis Colby in the lavish American soap opera Dynasty.

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