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Actor from Whitley Bay to receive MBE

Actor from Whitley Bay to receive MBE

A host of artists and music business executives have picked up gongs in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Tourists Allen Pemborke and Paul Short are also both receiving the Queen's Commendation for Bravery after they helped the wounded who were shot on a beach in Tunisia in 2015.

The 34-year-old, who is now touring New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions, dedicated his honour to the hundreds of people he believes have helped him carve out a distinguished global rugby career.

The Queen's annual Birthday Honours list includes a special title for Ed: MBE, which stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Judy Murray has been made an OBE for services to tennis following her work to encourage more women and girls into the sport.

He said: "I have had the privilege to work with so many talented and committed people".

Singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE.

Donnellan and Nick Ormerod have both been awarded OBEs for services to theatre and theatre design respectively.

"But it's a huge honour, it's something I'll treasure for the rest of my life".

On Twitter he said: "Honoured and proud to receive an OBE today".

Rowling has been awarded the honour following the success of her fantasy novels including "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them", as well as the "Harry Potter" franchise, which will see the first instalment celebrate 20 years since its release.

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

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

The Glaswegian comedian and actor formerly received a CBE in 2003.

Billy was handed a Knighthood for services to entertainment and charity, alongside Julie who was recognised for her lifetime achievements in drama.

Double Olympic champion and Army Major Heather Stanning gets an OBE for services to rowing, and former world champion John Conteh is honoured with an MBE for services to boxing.

Half of this year's honorees are women, while 10 per cent are from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.


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