Sheridan Smith, who has been given an OBE in the New Year Honours list, said she was "overwhelmed" by the award.
Smith, who played Cilla Black in the acclaimed ITV biopic Cilla, said: "I'm sincerely thankful and humbled to be recognised with such an honour.
"I'm overwhelmed and hope to continue doing the work that I love for many years to come."
The 33-year-old actress' portrayal of Cilla Black was so successful that it sent her version of Anyone Who Had A Heart into the Top 40.
Fashion designer Mary Quant, whose parents are Welsh, has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours list.
54 people in Wales have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list for their contribution to society.
The creators of the Tower of London poppies, Joan Collins and Sheridan Smith are among those receiving awards in the New Year Honours list.