Grayson Perry and Queen guitarist Brian May have been knighted, and are leading the Cultural roll call.



Hailing from Chelmsford, Essex, often seen as his alter-ego Claire, Grayson Perry is one of Britain's most celebrated artists.

Stephen Graham and David Harewood are among the honored actors appointed by OBEs.

Pioneering 1960s fashion designer Mary Quant has already been promoted to Companion of Honor as a Lady.

TV host Anne Diamond, comedian Frank Skinner, and Countdown's Rachel Riley are also on the list.

Brian May performed at London's Victoria Memorial for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee.

Brian May became Sir Brian a few months after helping his band launch the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace.

He has been rewarded for his contributions to music and philanthropy after being in one of Britain's most famous rock bands for over 50 years.

Grayson Perry and his alter ego Claire rose to fame after winning the Turner Prize in 2003 and are known for their ceramic works and tapestries that capture British life.

His credit for serving the arts came after Grayson's Art Club became a hit on Channel 4 during the pandemic, collecting works from the public included in exhibitions across the UK.

Dame Mary Quant is one of only 65 Friends of Honor.

Another prominent artist, John Akomfra, known for his video installations dealing with post-colonialism and immigration, will also be knighted. So does Roly Keating, former BBC Two controller, and current chief executive of the British Library.

Damie Marie Quant, known for her widespread contributions to popularizing the miniskirt, has been added to the Special Medal of Honor. Dedicated to those who have made significant contributions to the arts, sciences, medicine, or government, it has only 65 members at any time.

Stephen Graham has been nominated for three BAFTA Awards this year: Help, Time, and Boiling Point.

There's a CBE from Oscar-nominated film and television composer George Fenton. Theater producer Sonia Friedman has put on shows such as Harry Potter, the Cursed Child, and Jerusalem.

Stephen Graham, best known for TV dramas such as The Help, Time, and Line of Duty, will be an OBE for the drama service.

David Harewood has the same honor for his contributions to drama and charity. He's appeared in documentaries like Homeland, Supergirl, and Does Britain Have a Black Prime Minister? and my psychosis and me.

Beloved broadcaster Anne Diamond was also named an OBE in Public Health and Charity. She has campaigned to reduce crib deaths since the death of her young son in 1991.

Appointed OBE, jazz saxophonist YolanDa Brown has held senior positions behind the scenes in the music industry and music education, presenting television shows such as YolanDa's Band Jam on CBeebies.

Comic illustrator David Sutherland, who has drawn characters such as Dennis the Menace and The Bash Street Kids from The Bino, has also been appointed an OBE.

Meanwhile, the MBE goes to Cleo Silvestre, the first black actor to play a lead role at London's National Theatre. Veteran cartoonist and host Frank Skinner. and the terrible Henry writer Francesca Simon.

Countdown co-host Rachel Riley was appointed an MBE for her services to Holocaust education. She is also known to have spoken out about Labor anti-Semitism and won two defamation lawsuits from that outcry this year.

Investigative journalist Katherine Belton receives a similar honor. Her 2020 book, Putin's People, has sparked five lawsuits from Russian oligarchs and corporations.

Singer Janet Kay, known for her 1979 Lovers' Rock hit Silly Games, was also appointed to MBE. With playwright Rachel de Lahey.

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