Some of Britain's best loved actors and athletes are to be recognised by the Queen, after Her Majesty's annual Birthday Honours List was announced at the weekend.
Former James Bond star Roger Moore is to be knighted for his work as a Unicef ambassador. The actor has spent the last 12 years campaigning tirelessly for disadvantaged children around the world. "I accept this title on behalf of the many thousands of volunteers and workers at Unicef who dedicate their lives to helping the millions of children in need around the world today," he said. "I wish that my mother and father could have been alive to see this day."
The classic English beauty Kristin Scott Thomas meanwhile receives an OBE for her "services to UK-French cultural relations". The star of The English Patient has lived in Paris since she moved there to study drama 24 years ago.
And the inimitable David Beckham is also awarded an OBE, for his efforts both on and off the pitch. The England skipper, who always wear Number 7, is being recognised for both his soccer skills and his influence as a positive role model. "I am honoured and privileged to receive this recognition. It's not just for me but for Manchester United, England, all of my team-mates and my family," said the 28-year-old.
Amongst other recipients are Prime Suspect star Helen Mirren, who becomes a dame, singer Errol Brown, who is awarded an MBE and musician Jools Holland, who receives an OBE. Actor Richard Briers, comedian Billy Connolly, and musician Sting are all awarded CBEs.