New Year’s Honours list 2014: Ruth Jones and Penelope Keith among TV talent

Kevin McCloud, Karren Brady and Angela Lansbury also celebrate recognition from the Queen

The New Year’s Honours list of 2014 has been revealed. So while we’ll no doubt be ringing in January 1st by clearing up party poppers, bundles of top TV talent will be celebrating recognition from the Queen.


Actresses Penelope Keith and Angela Lansbury are among the 1,195 being honoured with an award, of which there are eight different types. This includes Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). 

Awards are given for various reasons – namely for services above and beyond the call of duty in a given field. 

Keith, who has long been a household name for her part in the 70s sitcom The Good Life, adds this honour for services to the arts and charity to her OBE and CBE. 

For Murder, She Wrote star Lansbury, she is to become a dame under the diplomatic and overseas list for drama, charitable work and philanthropy. 

Lord Sugar’s aide Karren Brady, who stars in BBC One’s business reality show The Apprentice (as well as being vice-chair of West Ham Football Club), is to receive her CBE for services to entrepreneurship and women in business. 

In the first year that has seen more women have been honoured than men, Gavin & Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones is also doing it for the ladies. The comedienne is to get an MBE for her services to entertainment. Which is, well, proper tidy. 

Nicholas Parsons, Radio 4’s beloved host of Just a Minute, picks up a CBE for his charitable work, while Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud bags an MBE for his contribution to sustainable buildings. 


Actress Lynda Bellingham, Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz and Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong are also among those honoured.