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Rio Ferdinand received OBE and Damian Lewis CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List | Queen’s Birthday Honor Roll

Football commentator Rio Ferdinand and actor Damian Lewis are among the well-known faces from the world of sport and the arts to be recognized in the Platinum Jubilee Queen’s birthday honors.

Lewis, 51, star of the Band of Brothers, Homeland and Wolf Hall, receives a CBE for services to drama and charity. During the coronavirus lockdown, he and his late wife, actress Helen McCrory, co-founded Feed NHS and helped raise more than £1million to give NHS staff food from High Street restaurants. The honor comes after McCrory, 52, a stage and screen star with roles in Peaky Blinders and the Harry Potter films, died of cancer in April 2021.

Lewis said on Wednesday night: “What a great honor to be recognized with the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List for services to drama and for the charity work I have done over the years and during the pandemic with my late wife Helen McCrory have done . Many Thanks. You and I are both thrilled.”

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, who won 81 England caps and six Premier League titles, will be awarded an OBE for his activism and charity work. The 43-year-old, whose first wife, Rebecca, died of breast cancer in 2015, is a high-profile activist who has been praised for his work on grief and for his foundation, which was set up to fight inequality, racism and stigma around the world mental health.

Five-time Champions League winner and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 32, has been named an MBE. The Cardiff-born forward donated more than €1million to hospitals in Wales and Spain in April 2020 during the early stages of the pandemic, as well as supporting other charities in his home country.

Liverpool player James Milner has been awarded an MBE in recognition of the foundation he founded to encourage healthy recovery in young people.

Fans with Mike Summerbee ahead of the 2021 Champions League final
Fans with Mike Summerbee ahead of the 2021 Champions League final. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Mike Summerbee, a star of the Manchester City side in the 1960s and 70s, receives an OBE, as does former Watford and England striker Luther Blissett. Blissett is Patron of the Sporting Memories Foundation, a charity that fights dementia, loneliness and depression through the power of sport.

England cricketer Moeen Ali, who is receiving an OBE, said: “It’s an honor to be recognised, it’s amazing and my family is really proud and happy.”

Eve Muirhead of the UK women’s curling team is made an OBE after helping the country to the top of the podium at the Winter Olympics in February, while team-mates Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff, Mili Smith and Victoria Wright join trainer David Murdoch Get MBEs. There are also MBEs for snooker players Mark Selby and Judd Trump.

Great Britain's curlers Mili Smith, Hailey Duff, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright and Eve Muirhead with their Olympic medals
Great Britain’s curlers Mili Smith, Hailey Duff, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright and Eve Muirhead with their Olympic medals. Photo: Ed Sykes/Action Images/Reuters

Clare Balding, a sports presenter who was appointed to the CBE, said: “I’m so surprised and really excited,” adding she sees it “as a reflection of how much people care about sports.”

Brynmor Williams, 70, who played rugby union, rugby league and athletics for Wales, becomes an MBE. A test player for the British Lions in 1977, he was a well-known television and radio pundit in English and Welsh.

Television personalities on the list include MasterChef duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace, who receive MBEs. Wallace said the honor was “something of a fairytale tale,” while Torode said he was “humbled and very grateful.”

Bonnie Tyler on stage at Starlite Festival in Marbella, Málaga in 2021
Bonnie Tyler on stage at Starlite Festival in Marbella, Málaga in 2021. Photo: Antonio Paz/EPA

Singer Bonnie Tyler, 70, who grew up as Gaynor Hopkins in Wales and is best known for the hit song Total Eclipse of the Heart, will become an MBE. Joanne Harris, an author best known for her novel Chocolat, and Justin Hayward, lead singer and guitarist for rock bank Moody Blues, receive OBEs.

Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, 46, best known for playing bartender Sean Tully, said he was “completely blown away” in his MBE for his services to British Army staff and veterans. He said, “Working with our amazing armed forces, especially the Army, has truly been the greatest honor of my life.” His co-star Helen Worth will also become an MBE, as will actress Pauline Quirke, founder of the Pauline Quirke Academy.

Stephen Hough at the piano
Stephen Hough. Photo: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Renowned pianist and composer Stephen Hough, who has appeared regularly as a soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including 29 appearances at the BBC Proms, is knighted. He said his honor “implied a recognition that classical music is something of enduring relevance and importance in British cultural life”.

Chi-chi Nwanoku, founder of Europe’s first black and ethnic minority orchestra, and artist Cornelia Parker both receive CBEs.

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