Officers (Officers of the British Empire) or OBE'sby Sylviastel | created - 22 Jan 2012 | updated - 12 Jul 2019 | Public
Missing is Halle Orchestra concertmaster Martin Milner awarded in June 1987.
1. Dora Bryan
Actress | A Taste of Honey
Dora Bryan was born on February 7, 1923 in Parbold, Lancashire, England as Dora May Broadbent. She was an actress, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), The Fallen Idol (1948) and Last of the Summer Wine (1973). She was married to Bill Lawton. She died on July 23, 2014 in Hove, East Sussex, England.
Actor | Silent Witness
George Alagiah was born on November 22, 1955 in Sri Lanka as George Maxwell Alagiah. He is an actor, known for Silent Witness (1996), Taking the Flak (2009) and BBC World News America (2007). He has been married to Frances Robathan since 1984. They have two children.
8. Nazir Afzal
Self | Banaz: A Love Story
Nazir Afzal OBE is now a National Director of UK's Crown Prosecution Service and one of its most celebrated advocates. He frequently speaks publicly to large audiences and the media as the Service's ambassador to the communities and regularly in print and broadcast media. He has successfully ...
Actress | Road to Rio (BBC News)
Rebecca Adlington was born on February 17, 1989 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. She is an actress, known for Road to Rio (BBC News) (2016), JLS: Proud (2012) and Commonwealth Games (1954). She has been married to Harry Needs since September 7, 2014. They have one child.
Actor | Love & Money
Presented honor by Richard Taylor OBE.
16. Felix Aylmer
Actor | Hamlet
British character actor Felix Aylmer was educated at Oxford and later studied drama, making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1911. During World War I he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and resumed his stage career after the war ended. He entered films in 1930 and stayed in them...
18. Susie Amy
Actress | Bonded by Blood
Susie Amy was born in London in 1981, and brought up in Surrey. Although she always studied drama, she went to academic schools all her life. An agent spotted her in 1999 when she was doing a play at the National Theatre in London - 'After Juliet' by Sharman McDonald. Over the next two years she ...
Daughter of OBE Recipient.
19. Craig Armstrong
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.
From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...
20. Ken Annakin
Director | The Longest Day
A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp (1947), was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he ...
21. Ken Adam
Production_designer | The Spy Who Loved Me
Ken Adam was a British movie production designer, best known for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
His first major screen credit was as production designer on the British ...
23. Brian Aldiss
Writer | A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Brian Aldiss, author of the classic Helliconia trilogy, and the story on which Steven Spielberg's 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence was based, was one of Britain's most accomplished and versatile writers of science fiction. In a lifelong and prolific career, Aldiss, who died aged 92, produced ...
24. John Akomfrah
Director | The Nine Muses
Ghana born John Akomfrah is known for his experimental documentaries and video installations on the subjects of race, migration, and slavery in the encounters between European colonisers and African subjects.In the 1980s working in London, he helped found the Black Audio Film Collective and later ...
25. John Barry
Music_department | Dances with Wolves
John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...
27. Brenda Blethyn
Actress | Pride & Prejudice
After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved.
Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving ...
28. Ronnie Barker
Actor | The Two Ronnies
Ronnie Barker's remarkable versatility as a performer can be traced back to his time in repertory theatre, where he was able to play a wide range of roles and develop his talent for accents, voices and verbal dexterity. It was during this time that he met Glenn Melvyn, who taught him how to stammer ...
30. Brian Bennett
Music_department | Black Dynamite
Composer Brian Bennett is the three times winner of the Ivor Novello Award. Initially achieving fame as drummer with The Shadows, he has since forged a career as one of Britain's leading writers of music to picture.
Brian was born in London in 1940 and by the late 1950s was one of the most ...
31. Darcey Bussell
Actress | True Blue
Darcey Bussell is one of Britain's leading Ballet stars. She studied at the Royal Ballet school and joined the SWRB in 1987 becoming the principal soloist in 1989. Her repertory includes Odette, Cinderella, Giselle, Juliet, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Raymonda, Manon, Mitzi Caspar, and the Black Queen. ...
33. Betty E. Box
Soundtrack | Benji
British producer Betty Box started out as a commercial artist. Her brother Sydney Box was a documentary filmmaker, and during World War II he asked Betty to join him at Verity Films. She took to it like a fish to water, and by the time the war ended she was in charge of almost a dozen documentary ...
34. Michael Bond
Writer | Paddington
Michael Bond was born on January 13, 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire, England as Thomas Michael Bond. He is known for his work on Paddington (2014), Paddington 2 (2017) and The Herbs (1968). He was married to Sue Bond and Brenda Mary Johnson. He died on June 27, 2017 in Paddington, London, England.
35. Ita Buttrose
Actress | The Bold and the Beautiful
One of Australia's leading media personalities, Ita Buttrose was the founding editor of Cleo magazine. She was also editor of The Australian Women's Weekly, Editor in Chief of the Sydney Daily Telegraph & Sydney Sunday Telegraph and the Sun-Herald in Sydney and editor and founder of ITA Magazine. ...
36. Jack Brabham
Transportation_department | Grand Prix
Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jack Brabham had a long and fruitful career in racing. The Australian native won numerous titles in his home country before taking on the world. After Brabham entered the prestigious Formula 1 series, he raced for the Cooper Car Co., who provided him with his ...
38. Cicely Berry
Cicely Berry was born on May 17, 1926 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England as Cicely Frances Berry. She is known for her work on Stealing Beauty (1996), The Last Emperor (1987) and Titus (1999). She was married to Harry Moore. She died on October 15, 2018 in Cornwall, England.
43. Jazzy B.
Soundtrack | Deadpool
Jaswinder Singh Bains, more popularly known as Jazzy B, is a Punjabi language Bhangra singer-songwriter.He has released 11 studio albums, including two religious ones. He has been singing since 1993. He has collaborated on many tracks and two soundtracks. Bains has also made his debut in acting in ...
44. June Bronhill
Actress | Gay Operetta
June Bronhill was born on June 26, 1929 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia as June Mary Gough. She was an actress, known for Gay Operetta (1959), Orpheus in the Underworld (1961) and The Merry Widow (1958). She was married to Richard Milburne Champion de Crespigny Finny and Brian Martin. ...
48. Ponsonby Britt
Producer | Fractured Flickers
According to page 135 of Keith Scott's book, "The Moose That Roared," Ponsonby Britt is a non-existent person. In 1959, Jay Ward and Bill Scott invented the name "Ponsonby Britt, Limited" as the new title of their corporation. Britt eventually became an "O.B.E." and retained in the cartoon's ...
Writer | The Light at the Edge of the World
Rachel Billington was born on May 11, 1942 as Rachel Mary Pakenham. She is a writer and editor, known for The Light at the Edge of the World (1971), Play for Today (1970) and Network (1974). She has been married to Kevin Billington since 1967. They have four children.
Writer | Jennings
Anthony Buckeridge was born on June 20, 1912 in Mill Hill, Middlesex, England as Anthony Malcolm Buckeridge. He was a writer and actor, known for Jennings (1966), Stompa & Co (1962) and Jackanory (1965). He was married to Eileen Selby and Sylvia Brown. He died on June 28, 2004 in Lewes, East ...
63. Miss Bluebell
Margaret Kelly was born on June 24, 1910 in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital. Her parents left her as a baby with Mary Murphy, a spinster nurse, saying that they would be back for her in three months. They never returned; and Mary Murphy, already caring for two sisters and a brother, moved with her to ...
Producer | Man Alive
Jenny Barraclough was born as Jennifer Ann. She is a producer and director, known for Man Alive (1965), The Making of Gandhi: Mr. Attenborough and Mr. Gandhi (1983) and Fragile Lives: Immunization at Risk (2004).
69. Raymond Baxter
Actor | Q5
Raymond Baxter was born on January 25, 1922 in Ilford, Essex, England as Raymond Frederic Baxter. He was an actor and writer, known for Q6 (1969), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and There's a Lot of It About (1982). He was married to Sylvia Kathryn Johnson. He died on September 15, 2006 in Reading...
75. Richard Briers
Actor | Watership Down
Richard Briers was born on January 14, 1934 in Merton, Surrey, England as Richard David Briers. He was an actor, known for Watership Down (1978), Peter Pan (2003) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993). He was married to Ann Davies. He died on February 17, 2013 in London, England.
76. David Beckham
Actor | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
David Beckham is one of Britain's most iconic athletes whose name is also an elite global advertising brand. He was captain of the English national team from 2000 to 2009, scored in three different FIFA World Cups, and played midfield for clubs in Manchester, England, Madrid, Spain, and Milan, ...
Actor | The Goodies
Tim Brooke-Taylor was born on July 17, 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor. He was an actor and writer, known for The Goodies (1970), At Last the 1948 Show (1967) and Engelbert with the Young Generation (1972). He was married to Christine Wheadon. He died on April 12...
79. Sanjeev Bhaskar
Actor | Yesterday
Sanjeev Bhaskar was born on October 31, 1963 in Ealing, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Yesterday (2019), The Kumars at No. 42 (2001) and Absolutely Anything (2015). He has been married to Meera Syal since January 21, 2005. They have one child.
80. Pierce Brosnan
Actor | The World Is Not Enough
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left...
Actor | Eat the Years
Heston is a self-taught English chef renowned for his experimental and scientific approach to cooking and gastronomy. He holds multiple honorary degrees in recognition of his scientific approach to cooking. He is the head chef of The Fat Duck, a three Michelin-starred restaurant voted the best ...
83. Bill Bryson
Writer | A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1951. He settled in England in 1977 and lived in North Yorkshire for almost two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. His travel books are "The Lost Continent", "Neither Here Nor There", "Notes From a Small Island", "A Walk in the Woods", "I'm ...
84. Duncan Bannatyne
Actor | Moving Target
Duncan Bannatyne was born on February 2, 1949 in Clydebank, Scotland as Duncan Walker Bannatyne. He is an actor, known for Moving Target (2011), School for Seduction (2004) and Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder (2009). He was previously married to Joanne McCue.
85. Floella Benjamin
Actress | Run Fatboy Run
One of the most famous presenters of Play School (1964) she has recently devoted her life to charity work. As well as sitting on the Board of Governors of Britain's National Film & Television School, she was awarded the OBE by the Queen for services to broadcasting and charity in 2001.
As of 28th ...
87. Barbara Broccoli
Producer | Skyfall
She is one of the entertainment industry's most successful female producers. Barbara Broccoli was born to legendary filmmaker Albert R. Broccoli, affectionately known as Cubby, and Dana Broccoli on June 18, 1960. Not long after, Cubby Broccoli and his new partner, Harry Saltzman, secured studio ...
88. Violet Carson
Actress | Coronation Street
Violet Carson was born on September 1, 1898 in German Street, Ancoats, Manchester, England as Violet Helen Carson. She was an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), An Age of Kings (1960) and Hilda Lessways (1959). She was married to George Frederick Peploe. She died on December 26, 1983 in ...
89. Jack Cardiff
Director | Sons and Lovers
Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical ...
90. Annette Crosbie
Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television ...
91. Robert Carlyle
Actor | The Full Monty
Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...
92. Gurinder Chadha
Writer | Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 2001, Chadha set up her own...
93. George Cole
Actor | Cleopatra
George Cole OBE was a veteran British film, television and stage actor whose impressive career spanned over 60 years. For many, he will perhaps be best remembered for playing one of the most endearing characters of recent times on British television, "Arthur Daley", the shifty but very likable "...
94. Pauline Collins
Actress | Shirley Valentine
Collins entered motion pictures as a stripper in the exploitation film, Secrets of a Windmill Girl (1966), and television, as a maid in the British drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971). In 1988, she starred in the one-woman play 'Shirley Valentine' in London, and soon after, brought the role to...
95. Barry Cryer
Writer | It's Tommy Cooper
Barry Cryer was born on March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Barry Charles Cryer. He is known for his work on It's Tommy Cooper (1969), The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) and Langley Bottom (1986). He has been married to Theresa Margaret 'Terry' Donovan since 1962. They have four ...
96. Henry Cooper
Actor | Royal Flash
Before the ascent of Lennox Lewis in the 1990s, Henry Cooper was considered the greatest heavyweight boxer in modern British history. Friendly, polite, well-mannered, and always a "good sport", he and his twin brother George Cooper (he fought as Jim Cooper) embarked on colorful professional boxing ...
97. Jilly Cooper
Writer | Comedy Playhouse
Jilly Cooper was born on February 21, 1937 in Hornchurch, Essex, England as Jilly Sallitt. She is a writer and actress, known for Comedy Playhouse (1961), It's Awfully Bad for Your Eyes, Darling (1971) and Romance (1977). She was previously married to Leo Cooper.
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor was born on December 22, 1951 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He was married to Natalia Ayesha Phillips. He died on August 9, 2016 in Royal Preston Hospital, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, England.