Julie Walters is now a Dame

Jun 19, 2017, 00:24
Julie Walters is now a Dame

JK Rowling, author of the ever-popular Harry Potter books, is now a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for her services to literature and philanthropy, after being made an OBE in 2001.

THE policeman killed after confronting the Westminster attacker outside Parliament and the heroic passer-by stabbed trying to protect MP Jo Cox have been awarded medals for their bravery.

Marion Kerley has been named as one of the recipients in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list - officially announced by the Cabinet Office on Friday evening.

However, Sheeran - who is now dating girlfriend Cherry Seaborn - is not the only vocalist set to be recognised for the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, as Emeli Sande is also set to be receive the title for her vocal talent, as well as her charity work.

"I have given something back to the country that took me in, and it is a double honour for the Jewish community and for the interfaith work, so I'm very pleased".

Andy Murray's mum Judy is to get an OBE for services to tennis.

Ed Sheeran receives an MBE for services to music and charity.

But instead of a knighthood for his part in one of the most famous episodes of World War Two, the pensioner has been made an MBE for his "services to World War II Remembrance and the community in Bristol".

Of the 1109 people receiving awards, 554 are women and 10 per cent are from ethnic minorities, she said.

Having previously been appointed OBE in 1999 and CBE in 2008, Walters is now being made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire at 67 for services to drama.

George Arthur Fromow will receive an MBE for services to Haematology.

David Walliams and Sarah Lancashire have both received OBEs.

Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik has been knighted for his charity work, as has Scottish comedian Billy Connolly.

The 77-year-old presenter lost her daughter Caron, who was also a TV presenter, to breast cancer in 2004.

Gracehill man James Perry has also been honoured with an MBE.

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