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2015 New Years Honours List. Top row from left to right: Esther Rantzen, James Corden, Sheridan Smith, John Hurt, Joan Collins. Bottom row from left to right: Kristin Scott Thomas, Meera Syal, Tower of London poppy designers Tom Piper and Paul Cummins, Emily Watson, Carol Ann Duffy
2015 New Years Honours List. Top row from left to right: Esther Rantzen, James Corden, Sheridan Smith, John Hurt, Joan Collins. Bottom row from left to right: Kristin Scott Thomas, Meera Syal, Tower of London poppy designers Tom Piper and Paul Cummins, Emily Watson, Carol Ann Duffy
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Doncaster actress Sheridan Smith says she feels ‘humbled’ after being recognised in the New Year Honours list

The 33-year-old, from Epworth, has been made an OBE for services to drama in the New Year honours list.

Margaret Aspinall,

Margaret Aspinall,

The Cilla and Gavin And Stacey actress – who already has a string of honours to her name, including a BAFTA and Olivier theatre award, said: “I’m sincerely thankful and humbled to be recognised with such an honour. I’m overwhelmed and hope to continue doing the work I love for many years to come.”

Also honoured was actor James Corden, who co-wrote Gavin And Stacey, as well as playing Sheridan’s on-screen brother in the show. The 36-year-old has been made an OBE for services to drama.

Another actor recognised is Kristin Scott Thomas, made a dame for services to drama.

Dame Kristin, said she ‘could not believe’ she was included on the honours list.

Trevor Hicks

Trevor Hicks

The 54-year-old, who has starred in films including Four Weddings And A Funeral and The English Patient, saying: “I thought someone was playing a trick. But it’s true apparently, and I am thrilled, astonished and worried that I might suddenly wake up.”

Joan Collins, who is made a dame in the honours list, said the recognition for her decades of charity work was “humbling”.

The 81-year-old actress, a devoted monarchist, said: “It is humbling to receive this level of recognition from my Queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful.”

The star has been a regular on stage and screen for more than half a century, but is probably best known for her portrayal of the bitchy Alexis in Dynasty.

The creators of the spectacular sea of poppies that engulfed the Tower of London and touched the hearts of millions this year have also been recognised.

Paul Cummins, from Chesterfield, and Tom Piper are made MBEs in recognition of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which saw 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively fill the moat at the Tower – one for each British or Colonial military death during the First World War.

Other prominent figures honoured this year include TV presenter and journalist Dame Esther Rantzen, Chesterfield-born actor Sir John Hurt and Emily Watson OBE, comedian Meera Syal CBE, Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and designer Dame Mary Quant.