Website of the UK government

Please note that this website has a UK government accesskeys system.

Public services all in one place

Main menu

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Birthday Honours List 2010: headlines

  • Published: Saturday, 12 June 2010

The Birthday Honours List for 2010 has been published. The list includes two Coronation Street actors, as well as the poet Simon Armitage. Find out who has been honoured and how to nominate someone for an honour.

People of outstanding merit

Birthday Honours 2011

Find out who's been honoured in The Birthday Honours List 2011

Anybody can be nominated for an honour, but only exceptional people receive one. Those honoured work in a wide range of fields including sports, education, medical research, heritage, and local arts and sports projects.

The people honoured this year include a pathologist, a nursery nurse, the coach of the England women’s football team, a GP, and a number of youth workers and volunteers. Among the more unusual professions on this year's list are a station announcer at Fenchurch Street Station and the organist at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.

Famous names

Because of the requirement for excellence in their field, it's understandable that some of those honoured are people already in the public eye. Among the actors who received an award this year:

  • Catherine Zeta Jones received a CBE for services to the film industry and to charity
  • John Nettles, star of Bergerac and the Midsomer Murders, received an OBE
  • Sophie Okonedo, who played Winnie Mandela in the BBC drama Mrs Mandela, received an OBE
  • Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Sullivan on Coronation Street, received an MBE
  • Eileen Derbyshire, who plays Emily Bishop on Coronation Street, received an MBE


A number of well-known writers have been honoured:

  • Simon Armitage, poet, received a CBE
  • Wendy Cope, poet, received an OBE
  • Bonnie Greer, a playwright and critic, received an OBE
  • Theodore Wilson Harris, the Guyanese writer, essayist and poet, was knighted
  • Ronald Harwood, playwright and screenwriter, was knighted 
  • James Herbert, thriller writer, received an OBE
  • Michael Longley, poet, received a CBE

Other well-known names

Other well-known names to appear on the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List included:

  • racing driver David Coulthard, who received an MBE
  • cookery writer Prue Leith OBE, who received a CBE
  • musician John Cale, co-founder of The Velvet Underground, who received an OBE
  • Olympic skeleton-racing medallist Amy Williams, who received an MBE
  • the national coach of the England Women’s Football team, Hope Powell, who received a CBE

The honours system

Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June on the date of the Queen's official birthday. The honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. Anyone can nominate someone for an award. If you’d like to know more about the honours process and how to make a nomination, follow the links below.

Was this information useful?

How useful did you find this information?

500 character limit
Your Privacy Opens new window

Why are we asking for this information?

  • we want to hear what you think about the quality and usefulness of our pages
  • your comments will help us improve our pages
  • your comments will also help with the future development of Directgov
  • telling us what you think will help make sure we give you the very best service

Additional links

GOV.UK - take a look

GOV.UK is a trial of a new home for government information and services. Let us know what you think

London 2012

Full schedule, results and practical information

Latest news

    © Crown copyright

Access keys

If you would like to take part in our website visitor survey, please visit the site and then come back and select this link to take part in the survey.