James Corden Receives OBE In New Year Honours List
John Hurt, Joan Collins, Esther Rantzen also recognised in 2015 list…
James Corden has received an OBE for his services to drama, it has been revealed.
On hearing the news, the 36-year-old actor, writer and soon-to-be US chat-show host, said: “I’m thrilled, overwhelmed and honoured.”
Looking forward to his date with royalty, he jokingly told The Sun: “My mum is already fretting about what to wear!”
The 2015 New Year’s Honours list recognised a host of other famous names.
Veteran actor John Hurt was knighted for his contribution to stage and screen, while actress Sheridan Smith (who starred opposite Corden in Gavin & Stacey) was honoured with the OBE.
Esther Rantzen was made a Dame for her broadcasting and charitable work (founding ChildLine and Silver Line), as was Kristin Scott Thomas - who is to play the Queen on the West End stage in The Audience.
Joan Collins became a Dame in recognition of her services to charity, after being honoured with the OBE for her contribution to the arts back in 1997.
CBEs were handed out to comedian and author Meera Syal, former BBC Proms director Roger Wright and music producer Peter Asher for his "services to the British music industry".
As well as being one half of '60s pop duo Peter and Gordon, Asher produced some of the biggest albums of the '70s and '80s for stars including Olivia Newton-John, Cher and Neil Diamond.
A total of 1,164 people ware honoured on the list.