Helena Bonham Carter to receive British Empire honour

London: Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

The 45-year-old actress, who portrayed the Queen`s mother in `The King`s Speech`, has been recognised for her career achievements and will be presented with the accolade during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London next year, reported Daily Mail online.

TV mogul Peter Bazalgette, the producer credited with turning reality show `Celebrity Big Brother` into an international phenomenon, is to receive a knighthood, while author Penelope Lively, who won the Booker Prize for 1987`s `Moon Tiger`, will be made a Dame.

Veteran British comedian Ronnie Corbett will be feted with a CBE, while golfers Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke are to pick up Member of the British Empire (MBE) and Officer of the British Empire (OBE), respectively.

The annual New Year`s Honours list acknowledges the public service of British and Commonwealth citizens in a variety of fields including entertainment, industry and government.


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