Women On Top In 2014 New Year’s Honours List – there were several big winners from the world of entertainment in this year’s New Year Honours List released today with the list containing more women than men for the first time ever.
Of the 1195 people receiving an award this year 51% are women which is a massive turnaround over the last 40 years. For example in 1974 of the total awards made just 17% went to women.
From the worlds of stage, screen and tv Penelope Keith and Angela Lansbury have both been made Dames. Penelope Keith is still best-known for her role as the social climbing neighbour Margo Leadbetter in The Good Life, the classic 70’s comedy about a couple embarking on a life of self-sufficiency. She also starred as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in To The Manor Born and there is no doubt that both Margo and Audrey would be relishing a visit to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
Angela Lansbury has starred in many movies over the years including The Manchurian Candidate (1962 version), The Picture of Dorian Gray and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It is for her role as the detective novelist Jessica Fletcher in the tv series Murder She Wrote that she has received the most attention.
Ruth Jones, the co-creator of Gavin and Stacey, is awarded an MBE for her services to entertainment. As well as appearing in her own work she also played the part of Hattie Jacques in Hattie, the superb BBC production of the Carry On actress’s life, which was televised in 2011.
From the world of classical music Welsh mezzosoprano Katherine Jenkins is awarded an OBE, partly in recognition of her charitable work as well as her singing. Katherine works with many different charities but is a particular supporter of those involved with the armed forces.
Lynda Bellingham from Loose Women also receives an OBE mainly for her work with various charitable groups. She is also well known for her appearances in the long running OXO commercials, All Creatures Great and Small as well as being a member of the stage production of Calendar Girls. It is a great end to a difficult year for the actress as she revealed earlier in 2013 that she had been diagnosed with cancer.
One of the most surprising awards this year goes to Radio 1 dj Pete Tong who is given an MBE for his services to music and broadcasting. He said ‘I’m proud that it acknowledges a profession that I care about a great deal, and one that’s made a huge impact around the world.’
Actor Michael Crawford receives a CBE for his work with children’s charities and described the award as a ‘most wonderful surprise.’ He is still best remembered for playing the part of Frank Spencer in the hit 70’s comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em although he achieved wider critical acclaim for his role in The Phantom of the Opera. Crawford performed all of his own stunts in Some Mothers… and although many people think it was written especially for him he was actually the 3rd choice for the role of Frank Spencer and only got his chance at his breakthrough role after it was turned down by both Ronnie Barker and Norman Wisdom.
These are some of the major showbiz awards but if you want to check out the Full 2014 New Years Honours List then you can see if any of your favourites have been honoured this year.