Members (Members of the Order of the British Empire)

by Sylviastel | created - 29 Dec 2011 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Recipients of the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) past and present.

1. Adele

Soundtrack | Skyfall

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born May 5, 1988) is a British singer-songwriter who has sold millions of albums worldwide and won a total of 15 Grammys as well as an Oscar. Adele's first two albums, 19 and 21, earned her critical praise and a level of commercial success unsurpassed among her peers. ...

3. Roma Agrawal

Self | World's Greatest Palaces

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Engineering. She is the Associate Director for AECOM>.

4. April Ashley

Actress | Human

April Ashley was born a boy in 1935 and christened George Jamieson. His father was a sailor in the British Royal Navy during WWII with an affinity for drink who sired 10 children in quick succession. George(April) was frail, with a calcium deficiency and refused to eat most food or drink his school...

5. Gary Avis

Actor | The Nutcracker

Gary Avis was born as Gary Christopher Avis. He is an actor, known for The Nutcracker (2009), The Fall of the House of Usher (2006) and The Sleeping Beauty (2007).

6. Imran Amed

Self | British Style Genius

He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Fashion. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for the Business of Fashion in London, England.

7. Nicola Adams

Actress | Waterloo Road

Nicola Adams was born on October 26, 1982 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for Waterloo Road (2006), The Pete & Joe Fitness Show and Commonwealth Games (1954).

8. Geoffrey Ashe

Self | In Search of...

Geoffrey Ashe was born on March 29, 1923 in London, England as Geoffrey Thomas Leslie Ashe. He is known for his work on In Search of... (1976), Mystery Files (2010) and History's Mysteries (1998).

9. Kay Alexander

Self | Midlands Today

Kay Alexander was born as Katherine Alexander. She is married to Conway.

10. John Ashdown-Hill

Self | Secrets

He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the Exhumation and Identification of King Richard III.

11. Peter Armitage

Actor | Jack the Ripper

Peter Armitage was born on October 23, 1939 in Skipton, Yorkshire, England as Peter James Armitage. He was an actor, known for Jack the Ripper (1988), Coronation Street (1960) and G.B.H. (1991). He was married to Annabel Scase. He died on November 30, 2018 in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England.

12. Felicity Aston

Self | Operation Cloud Lab

Felicity Aston was born as Felicity Ann Dawn Aston.

13. Duncan Anderson

Self | Line of Fire

He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services in support of Military Operations. He is the lecturer for the Ministry of Defence and lives in Oxfordshire, England.

14. Pam Ayres

Actress | The Main Attraction

Pam Ayres was born on March 14, 1947 in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire, England. She is an actress and writer, known for The Main Attraction (1983), Playdays (1988) and Rex the Runt (1991). She is married to Dudley Russell. They have two children.

15. Ian Anderson

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Ian Anderson, born in Fife, Scotland, is one of the most famous flautists of the last 40 years. A singer and composer, Anderson is also a multi instrumentalist, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, keyboards, bagpipe, violin, balalaika, clarinet and a large variety of ...

16. Sarah Ayton

Self | Pointless Celebrities

Sarah Ayton was born on April 9, 1980 in Ashford, Middlesex, England as Sarah Lianne Ayton. She has been married to Nick Dempsey since October 2008. They have two children.

17. Vera Atkins

Vera Atkins was born on June 15, 1908 in Galati, Romania. She died on June 24, 2000 in Hastings, East Sussex, England.

18. Simon Archer

Self | They Think It's All Over

Simon Archer was born on June 27, 1973 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England as Simon David Archer.

19. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Actress | A Lesson

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was born on December 10, 1949 in Uganda as Yasmin Damji. She is an actress, known for A Lesson, The Sundays (1998) and The Night Motown Sang for Sickle Cell Anaemia (2020). She has been married to Colin Brown since 1990. They have one child. She was previously married to Shiraz...

20. Bill Ashton

Music_department | In Concert

William Michael Allingham Ashton OBE is a British saxophonist and composer, best known for co-founding the London Schools' Orchestra, now the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), of which he is Musical Director.

Ashton was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. From 1955-57 he was educated at Rossall ...

21. Wendy Austin

Actress | Tales of the Unexpected

Wendy Austin was born as Wendy Elizabeth Austin. She is an actress, known for Tales of the Unexpected (1979) and Breakfast (2000). She is married to Hewitt.

22. John Ammonds

Producer | The Morecambe & Wise Show

John Ammonds was born on May 21, 1924 in Kennington, London, England as John Edwin Ammonds. He was a producer and director, known for The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968), The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978) and The Val Doonican Show (1965). He was married to Winifred Laithwaite and Win Ammonds. ...

23. Joan Aiken

Writer | Night Gallery

Joan Aiken was born on September 4, 1924 in Rye, Sussex, England as Joan Delano Aiken. She was a writer, known for Night Gallery (1969), Mort un dimanche de pluie (1986) and Television Theater (1953). She was married to Julius Goldstein and Ronald George Brown. She died on January 4, 2004 in ...

24. Mark Alleyne

Self | Grace & Favour: A Portrait of Gloucestershire CCC

Mark Alleyne was born on May 23, 1968 in Tottenham, London, England as Mark Wayne Alleyne. He is married to Louise Alleyne. They have one child.

25. Joan Armatrading

Soundtrack | 10 Things I Hate About You

Joan Armatrading was born on December 9, 1950 in Basseterre, St. Kitts, British West Indies as Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading.

26. Kriss Akabusi

Actor | Last of the Summer Wine

Kriss Akabusi was born on November 28, 1958 in Paddington, London, England as Kriss Kezie Uche Chukwu Duru Akabusi. He is an actor, known for Last of the Summer Wine (1973), The London Programme (1975) and A League of Their Own (2010).

27. Kate Atkinson

Writer | The Catch

Kate Atkinson was born in 1951 in Yorkshire, England. She is a writer and producer, known for The Catch (2016), Case Histories (2011) and Life After Life.

28. Dotun Adebayo

Actor | Krig och kärlek

Dotun Adebayo was born on August 25, 1960 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an actor, known for Krig och kärlek (1981) and Artsnight (1994).

29. Lea Anderson

Velvet Goldmine

Lea Anderson was born as Lea Elizabeth Anderson. She is known for her work on Velvet Goldmine (1998), Leading with the Right (2000) and Cross Channel (1992).

30. Ajaz Ahmed

Self | The City Talking: Tech in Leeds

He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the Media. He is the Founder of AKQA in London, England.

31. Michele Attfield

Self | Dansaren

Michele Attfield was born as Michele Elise. She is married to Attfield.

32. Tony Adams

Self | 1996 UEFA European Football Championship

Tony Adams was born on October 10, 1966 in Romford, Essex, England as Tony Alexander Adams. He is an actor, known for 1996 UEFA European Football Championship (1996), Premier League 30. Matchday Arsenal FC vs Liverpool FC (1997) and 17 Mayis (2005).

33. Angela Allen

Script_department | Lost in Space

Angela Allen was born on February 12, 1929 in Maida Vale, London, England as Angela Jean Allen. She is known for her work on Lost in Space (1998), Reindeer Games (2000) and Ronin (1998).

34. Ben Ainslie

Self | A Question of Sport

Ben Ainslie was born on February 5, 1977 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England as Charles Benedict Ainslie. He has been married to Georgie Thompson since December 20, 2014. They have one child.

35. Neil Adams

Self | The Adventure Game

Neil Adams is an actor, known for The Adventure Game (1980), Gladiators (1992) and No 73 (1982).

36. Viv Anderson

Actor | John Barnes: Poetry in Motion

Viv Anderson was born on August 29, 1956 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Vivian Alexander Anderson. He is an actor, known for John Barnes: Poetry in Motion (2018), The Dumping Ground (2013) and Match of the Seventies (1995).

37. Gerry Anderson

Writer | Invasion: UFO

Gerry Anderson was born on April 14, 1929 in West Hampstead, London, England as Gerald Alexander Abrahams. He was a writer and producer, known for Invasion: UFO (1974), UFO (1970) and Fireball XL5 (1962). He was married to Mary Robins, Sylvia Anderson and Betty Wrightman. He died on December 26, ...

38. Pippa Ailion

Casting_director | Rocketman

Pippa Ailion was born as Philipa Ann Ailion. She is known for her work on Rocketman (2019), Billy Elliot (2014) and Frankie Starlight (1995).

39. Joyce Adeluwoye

Producer | Make My Day

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Diversity in the Media. She is the former head of Diversity for PACT and lives in London N16, England.

40. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

41. Katie Archibald

Self | Commonwealth Games

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Cycling in Edinburgh, Scotland.

42. Giselle Ansley

Self | Commonwealth Games

Giselle Ansley was born on March 31, 1992 in Kingsbridge, Devon, England as Giselle Anne Ansley.

43. Rachel Anderson

Gray Matter

Rachel Anderson was born as Rachel Paula Anderson. She is known for her work on Gray Matter (2018), Loose Women (1999) and Breakfast (2000).

44. Aly Bain

Soundtrack | Wrongfully Accused

Aly Bain was born in 1946 in Lerwick, Scotland. He is known for his work on Wrongfully Accused (1998), Wild Rose (2018) and Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (2000).

45. Biddy Baxter

Producer | Blue Peter

Biddy Baxter was born on May 25, 1933 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Joan Maureen Baxter. She is a producer and editor, known for Blue Peter (1958), Blue Peter Flies the World (1971) and Going Live! (1987). She was previously married to John Hosier.

46. Babs Beverley

Self | Close-Up

Babs Beverley was born on May 5, 1927 in Bethnal Green, London, England as Babette Patricia Chinery. She was married to James Mitchell. She died on October 28, 2018 in Brighton, East Sussex, England.

47. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

Granddaughter of Major General Peter Blunt CB, MBE, GM, FCIT (died in 2003).

48. Eleri Butler

Script_department | Jonah's Quids

Brighton, East Sussex, England

49. Elisabeth Beresford

Writer | The Adventures of Dawdle the Donkey

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1998 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to children's literature.

50. Bob Braithwaite

Self | This Is Your Life

Bob Braithwaite was born on September 28, 1925 in Arnside Tower Farm, Westmorland, England as John Robert Braithwaite. He was married to Kathleen Graham and Sadie Laurie. He died on February 26, 2015 in Carnforth, Lancashire, England.

51. Lara Bohinc

Actress | Remington

Lara Bohinc is an actress, known for Remington (1988).

52. Nicola Benedetti

Music_department | Eastern Promises

Nicola Benedetti was born in July 1987 in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

53. Jean Breeze

Writer | Screen Two

Jean Breeze was born as Jean Binta Breeze. She is a writer, known for Screen Two (1985) and OnePeople: The Celebration (2012).

54. Laura Bechtolsheimer

Self | London 2012 Olympics

Laura Bechtolsheimer was born on January 31, 1985 in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. She has been married to Mark Tomlinson since March 2, 2013. They have one child.

55. Raelene Boyle

Self | Enough Rope with Andrew Denton

Raelene Boyle was born as Raelene Ann Boyle.

56. Rosemary Butcher

Actress | North and South

Rosemary Butcher is known for her work on North and South (1966), Pig in a Poke (1977) and Mr. John Jorrocks (1966).

57. Sue Barker

Actress | Mike Bassett: England Manager

Began her career as a professional tennis player when she moved to the USA in 1973. In 1976 she won the French Open Championship, her only Grand Slam title. However, following recurring injuries and loss of form, she retired in 1985, and after a short hiatus began her broadcasting career in ...

58. Dorothy Beeson

Self | Wild Animal ER

Dorothy Beeson is married to Beeson.


59. The Beverley Sisters

Soundtrack | Man of the Moment

The Beverley Sisters were originally knows as The Chinnery Sisters, singing in their spare time, between secretarial work. They were talent spotted in 1945, and re-named the Beverley Sisters, before appearing on BBC Radio programmes like "Variety Bandbox". Their first film was a 1947 Pathé short, "...

60. Rikki Beadle Blair

Director | Kickoff

Rikki Beadle Blair is a director and writer, known for Kickoff (2011), Fit (2010) and Stonewall (1995).

61. Teddie Beverley

Self | Close-Up

Teddie Beverley was born on May 5, 1927 in Bethnal Green, London, England as Hazel Chinery.

62. Carol Brady

Self | ITV Lunchtime News

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to consumers and better regulations. She is the Chair of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Board and lives in Swadlincote, Derybshire, England.

63. June Brown

Actress | EastEnders

June Brown served in the Wrens and was classically trained at the Old Vic Drama School. She has enjoyed a long career in the theatre, television and the cinema. The actor Nigel Hawthorne described her as "one of the most beautiful creatures I've seen on stage" after seeing her performance as ...

64. Elinor Barker

Self | Granada Reports

Elinor Barker was born as Elinor Jane Barker.

66. Debra Bourne

Self | Skin

Debra Bourne was born as Debra Lysette Bourne. She is married to Rosen.

67. Joy Beverley

Self | Chan Canasta

Joy Beverley was born on May 5, 1924 in Bethnal Green, London, England as Joycelyn Chinery. She was married to Billy Wright and Roger Carocari. She died on August 31, 2015 in London.

68. Sophie Bray

Self | Commonwealth Games

Sophie Bray was born on May 12, 1990 as Sophie Charlotte Bray.

69. Kyran Bracken

Actor | 100 Streets

Kyran Bracken was born on November 22, 1971 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for 100 Streets (2016), Inside England Rugby: Sweet Chariot (2003) and Gladiators: Train 2 Win (1995).

70. Claire Breay

Self | Clarissa & the King's Cookbook

Claire Breay was born as Mary Claire Breay.

71. Luella Bartley

Costume_designer | Fashiontrance

Luella Bartley was born in 1974 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England as Luella Dayrell Bartley. She is a costume designer, known for Fashiontrance (2002) and British Style Genius (2008).

72. Karen Bryson

Actress | Shameless

Karen Bryson is an actress and producer, known for Shameless (2004), MotherFatherSon (2019) and Safe (2018). She has been married to Chris McMahon since April 29, 2011.

73. Louise Bennett

Actress | Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro

She received her education from Ebenezer and Calabar Elementary Schools, St. Simon's College, Excelsior College, Friends College (Highgate).

Her contribution to Jamaican cultural life was such that she was honored with the M.B.E., the Norman Manley Award for Excellence (in the field of Arts), the ...

For Jamaican culture and Art in 1961.

74. Elizabeth Burton-Phillips

Self | The Big Questions

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to People who experience Drug Addiction and their Families. She is the Founder of DrugFAM in Twyford, Berkshire, England.

75. Michaela Breeze

Self | A Question of Sport

Michaela Breeze was born as Michaela Alica Breeze.

76. Anne Boden

Self | The Fintech Show

Anne Boden was born as Anne Elizabeth Boden.

77. Molly Badham

The Revenge of Frankenstein

Molly Badham was born on May 18, 1914 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England as Molly Winifred Badham. She is known for her work on The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958). She died on October 19, 2007 in Twycross, Leicestershire, England.

78. Alfred Bestall

Writer | Jackanory

Alfred Bestall was born on December 14, 1892 in Mandalay, Burma as Alfred Edmeades Bestall. He was a writer, known for Jackanory (1965) and The Rupert Bear Story: A Tribute to Alfred Bestall (1982). He died on January 15, 1986 in Penlan, Wales.

79. Gillian Bowden

Director | Amora's Tale

Gillian Bowden is a director and actor, known for Amora's Tale (2005).

80. Alan Ball

Self | VIII FIFA World Cup 1966

Alan Ball was born on May 12, 1945 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England as Alan James Ball. He was married to Janet Lesley Newton. He died on April 25, 2007 in Warsash, Hampshire, England.

81. Michael Ball

Actor | Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary

Michael Ball has enjoyed a very successful and varied career over the last 20 years, both in the West End and on the Concert Stage, working with some of the 20th century's most prolific musical theatre composers.

After graduating from the Guildford School of Acting, his professional debut was in "...

Son of Tony Ball MBE.

82. Acker Bilk

Soundtrack | There's Something About Mary

Acker Bilk was born on January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England as Bernard Stanley Bilk. He was married to Jean Hawkins. He died on November 2, 2014 in Bath, Somerset.

83. Tim Bentinck

Actor | By the Sword Divided

Best known as the voice of David Archer in the BBC Radio series, The Archers, which he has played since 1982, Tim is also an accomplished stage, film, radio and television actor. From the swashbuckling Tom Lacey in the 80s series By The Sword Divided to starring with David Jason in 2012's The Royal...

84. Jeremy Beadle

Producer | Hot Shots

Jeremy Beadle was born on April 12, 1948 in Hackney, London, England as Jeremy James Anthony Gibson Beadle. He was a writer and producer, known for Hot Shots (1994), Eureka (1982) and Beadle's About (1986). He was married to Susan (Sue) Maria Marshall. He died on January 30, 2008 in Westminster, ...

86. James Bolam

Actor | The Likely Lads

James Bolam was born on June 16, 1935 in Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England as James Christopher Bolam. He is known for his work on The Likely Lads (1976), When the Boat Comes In (1976) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). He is married to Susan Jameson. They have one child.

87. John Beavis

Actor | The Forsyte Saga

John Beavis was born as John William Beavis. He is an actor, known for The Forsyte Saga (1967), Biggles (1960) and Vanity Fair (1967).

88. The Beatles

Soundtrack | The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas...

89. Norman Barrett

Actor | Marvellous

Norman Barrett was born in 1936 in England. He is an actor, known for Marvellous (2014), Our House (1996) and The Good Old Days (1953).

90. Brian Barron

Actor | The World Without US

Brian Barron was born on April 28, 1940 in Bristol, England as Brian Munro Barron. He was an actor, known for The World Without US (2008) and Newsnight (1980). He was married to Angela Lee. He died on September 16, 2009 in Cornwall, England.

91. Cyril Bennett

Self | Countryfile

Cyril Bennett was born as Cyril James Bennett.

92. Roy Barraclough

Actor | Funland

Roy Barraclough began his career as a draughtsman, taking time off to work as an entertainer in a holiday camp on the Isle of Wight. Combining his day job with local amateur theatre for several years, he was eventually offered a full-time acting contract by repertory theatre producer Nita Valerie ...

93. R.S.M. Brittain

Actor | The Inspector

R.S.M. Brittain was born on September 12, 1899 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England as Ronald Brittain. He is known for his work on Lisa (1962), The Concrete Jungle (1960) and Rotten to the Core (1965). He died on January 9, 1981 in Chester, Cheshire, England.

94. Colin Boyne

Self | A Very English Genius

Colin Boyne was born as Colin Michael Boyne.

95. Peter Beckley

Tales of the Unexpected

He and his wife, Diana, are members of the Norfolk Beekeepers Association in England.

96. Frith Banbury

Director | Theatre Night

Frith Banbury was born on May 4, 1912 in Plymouth, Devon, England as Frederick Harold Frith Banbury. He was an actor and director, known for Theatre Night (1957), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and ITV Television Playhouse (1955). He died on May 14, 2008 in London, England.

97. Johnny Briggs

Actor | Coronation Street

Born in South London on Sept 5, 1935, to Ernest and Rose Briggs, Johnny had a younger sister, Barbara, who died in 1955 at age 15. As a boy, he sang soprano in a church choir and during World War II he was evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Back in London he won a scholarship, at ...

98. Eric Bristow

Actor | Heartlands

Eric Bristow was born on April 27, 1957 in Hackney, London, England as Eric John Bristow. He was an actor, known for Heartlands (2002), Never the Twain (1981) and Bullseye (1979). He was married to Jane Higginbotham. He died on April 5, 2018 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

99. Steve Backley

Self | Cyberzone

Steve Backley was born on February 12, 1969 in Sidcup, Kent, England as Stephen James Backley.

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