Kate Winslet, Kenneth Branagh get royal honors
Choirmaster Gareth Malone, who inspired thousands to sing with TV shows such as “The Choir” and assembled the best-selling Military Wives singing group, was awarded an OBE, as was actress and 1970s heartthrob Jenny Agutter.
Actress and campaigner April Ashley, one of the first Britons to undergo sex-change surgery, was awarded an OBE “for services to transgender equality.”
Also receiving an OBE was Jimmy Carlson, a former soldier who spent 23 years sleeping on the streets before becoming an advocate for the homeless. The same honor went to Armando Iannucci, the writer and producer behind expletive-laden British political satire “The Thick of It” and White House comedy “Veep.”
“I just hope it’s not an attempt by the government to stop me, because that’s not going to happen,” he said.
Among the hundreds of others honored was Margaret Jackson, who received an MBE “for services to netball” and Kerry Michael and Michelle Michael, awarded the same honor “for services to the restoration of Weston Super Mare’s pier.”