New Year Honours for Ronnie Corbett and Helena Bonham Carter

Other screen stars to receive honours include Sky News reporter Alex Crawford and Radio Times columnist Stuart Hall

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Veteran comedian Ronnie Corbett and film actress Helena Bonham Carter are amongst the entertainment stars to be recognised in the annual New Year’s Honours list.  

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Corbett, 81, best known for his comedy work alongside the late Ronnie Barker, receives a CBE for his services to entertainment and charity, and Bonham Carter, 45, receives a CBE for services to drama.

Bonham Carter said of her award: “I am thrilled, though not sure that I deserve it. I always thought my father deserved a medal for facing 25 years of chronic disability with quiet daily heroism so I am delighted to accept such a wonderful honour in his memory.”

Sky News journalist Alex Crawford, 49, is awarded an OBE for services to broadcast journalism.  Crawford won great praise this year after her fearless coverage of the Libyan uprising from the streets of Tripoli.  She said: “I am staggered and honoured and can’t quite believe this is not a prank thought up by one of my more mischievous colleagues. TV news is never about just one person.”   

Radio Times columnist and veteran sports broadcaster Stuart Hall, 82, is also recognised, receiving an OBE for services to broadcasting and charity.  He said: “I am very proud that I have made a contribution. It’s been acknowledged and lots of people around the world will be very pleased as my family is and I am too.”

Breakfast television presenter Lorraine Kelly, 52, receives an OBE for services to the armed forces and charity.  “I consider myself very lucky to be able to help some amazing charities who really make a difference, but I am only a very, very small part of what they achieve,” she said.  

Television producer Peter Bazalgette, who brought Big Brother to the UK through Endemol and developed shows including Ready Steady Cook and Ground Force, is awarded a knighthood for services to broadcasting. 

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Other notable figures to receive honours this year include golfers Darren Clarke and Rory McIllroy, awarded an OBE and MBE respectively, and former F1 champion Nigel Mansell, given a CBE. Jonathan Ive, the man credited with the design of Apple’s iPod, iPad and iPhone, becomes a Knight Commander for services to design and enterprise.