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Olivia Colman has said she is "humbled" and "totally thrilled" to be made a CBE for services to drama in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Three-quarters of recipients in this year's list are people rewarded for outstanding work in their communities, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

But Colman, 45, is one of the celebrity names honoured alongside the likes of authors Lee Child and Joanna Trollope, broadcaster Dan Snow and adventurer Bear Grylls.

Musicians Elvis Costello, Feargal Sharkey and Andrew Roachford, as well as stage actor Simon Russell Beale, comedian Griff Rhys Jones, and rapper MIA, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, are also awarded gongs.

Colman became a household name for appearances in shows such as Broadchurch and The Night Manager, and won the best actress Oscar this year for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.

"I'm totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people," said Colman, "most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be - and hopefully now will be. It's such an honour."

Her first notable role came in the sitcom Peep Show, where she played Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell's neurotic lead character.

She broke into film with British movies including Hot Fuzz and Tyrannosaur, before landing the role of Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady, opposite Meryl Streep.

The actress, who studied at Cambridge and at the Bristol Old Vic, teamed up with film-maker Yorgos Lanthimos for 2015's The Lobster, starring alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

Lanthimos would go on to direct her in The Favourite, which won her rave reviews and a clutch of gongs, including the Academy Award for best actress.

Most recently, she appeared in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's black comedy Fleabag, playing the title character's loathsome artist stepmother.

Her most anticipated role is yet to come, when she takes over as Queen Elizabeth II in the third series of The Crown, as the lavish Netflix drama moves into the 1970s.

Woman make up 47% of the 508 recipients this year, while more than 10% of those honoured come from a BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) background.

Stage actor Simon Russell Beale is knighted, while Elvis Costello and former frontman of The Undertones Feargal Sharkey are both made OBEs.

Beale, one of the most acclaimed stars of British theatre, is knighted for services to drama after a career spanning four decades.

"It is a very great honour and I think my mother, were she alive, would be very proud," he said.

TV star Bear Grylls also gets an OBE.

The 44-year-old chief scout is recognised for services to young people, the media and charity.

He said: "This really is a huge honour and it's something, if I'm honest, that I never expected to happen."

Authors Joanna Trollope and Lee Child - of the Jack Reacher series - are made CBEs, while journalist and broadcaster Dan Snow gets an MBE.

Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with the TV comedy Not The Nine O'Clock News, receives an OBE for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment.

British-Sri Lankan rapper MIA, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, and Andrew Roachford, the singer-songwriter behind the band Roachford, are made MBEs for services to music.

The oldest recipient is John Haymen, 100, who receives a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to the community in Binsted and Alton, Hampshire.

The youngest person honoured is 17-year-old Richard Collins, who also gets a BEM for services to the community in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

The teenager set up a group for people with Asperger syndrome.

 

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