Martin Lewis, Chris Whitty and Daniel Craig recognized in New Year’s Honors list
Martin Lewis, Chris Whitty and Daniel Craig are among the famous faces to be recognized in the New Year’s Honors list.
Consumer champion Lewis, who runs Money Saving Expert and was born in Withington, has been appointed CBE, while Whitty, England’s chief medical officer who has led the country’s battle against the coronavirus, has been knighted.
Daniel Craig, who is now due to bow out as James Bond after the release of No Time to Die, has received a special diplomatic honor that mirrors the price 007 has in Ian Fleming’s books.
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Craig was made a companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
Meanwhile, Tony Blair will be made a knight of the highest possible rank, a Knight Companion of the Noblest Order of the Garter, receiving an honor that previous prime ministers, including Sir John Major, have received.
The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, was also named Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter for her contribution to the monarchy.
Lewis, who also has his own TV show on ITV, revealed he nearly missed the award after sending a letter to his old address.
He said: “I was really very surprised.
“I knew some people named me, but the time when you’re supposed to get a letter was a long way away.
“Then I found out that they had sent the letter to an old address and when I hadn’t responded they contacted me, so I was really stunned.”
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In addition to Whitty, other top health experts have been recognized for their efforts in the fight against Covid.
Dr Jenny Harries became a lady and England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam was knighted.
The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, who was initially knighted in 2019, has been elevated to the rank of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
Sir Patrick said: “I am truly delighted to see so many outstanding scientists and engineers recognized in this year’s honors, including those who have worked tirelessly in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “
Tennis star Emma Raducanu, 19, was named MBE after stunning the world by becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open in September.
Actresses Joanna Lumley and Vanessa Redgrave are both set to become ladies.
Ashley Banjo of Diversity and Mel B will both receive an MBE.
The former Spice Girl was recognized for her work with charitable causes and vulnerable women, and the Got to Dance Banjo judge was honored for her service to dance.
TV presenter Kate Garraway received the same honor after documenting her husband’s battle with Covid.
The GMB host has been recognized for her service to broadcasting, journalism and charity.
Her husband Derek Draper fell seriously ill with the virus and she made an award-winning documentary about their ordeal.
Songwriter Bernie Taupin, known for his longtime musical partnership with Sir Elton John, was named CBE while 94-year-old Eastenders actress June Brown and Loose Women star Katie Piper , were named OBE.
Two supermarket bosses have been recognized for their work in maintaining food supplies during the pandemic.
Steve Murrells, Managing Director of The Co-op Group, and Roger Burnley, who stepped down as Managing Director of Asda earlier this year, have both been appointed CBE.
Comedian Adam Hills, host of The Last Leg on Channel 4, has been named MBE for his service to Paralympic sport and disability awareness.
Both Olympians and Paralympians were high on this year’s list after the summer games in Tokyo.
Cycling’s golden couple, Jason and Laura Kenny, have become a knight and a lady.
Diver Tom Daley, swimmer Adam Peaty and gymnast Max Whitlock have been named OBE.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “These recipients have inspired and entertained us and have given so much to their communities in the UK or in many cases across the world.
“These distinctions are an opportunity for us to thank them, as a country, for their dedication and exceptional contribution.