Actors Jonathan Pryce and Ruth Wilson, actor and writer Lolita Chakrabarti, plus director, choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips are among the theatre and entertainment industry names in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Pryce, a multi-Olivier and Tony Award winner, has received a knighthood, topping the awards list alongside Phillips who becomes a dame. Wilson is among the MBE recipients. Chakrabarti (the writer’s recent play Hymn was a big hit during lockdown and receives a live production at the Almeida Theatre in July 2021) receives the OBE.
In contrast to the star-focused emphasis of many previous Queen’s and New Year honours lists, this round of awards has concentrated too on many of those whose contribution has been off stage, including producers, playwrights and theatre executives and founders.
Actor Jonathan Pryce
Choreographer Arlene Phillips
- Actor and musician Ram John Holder
- David Bryan, chair of Battersea Arts Centre and Brixton House
- Director of Arts, Heritage and Tourism at DCMS Emma Squire
- Singer Lulu
- Actor and writer Lolita Chakrabarti
- Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay
- William Burdett-Coutts, founder of Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms and ex-artistic director and chief executive, Riverside Studios
- Dance consultant Theresa Beattie
- Actor and producer Roma Downey
- Emma Gladstone, former artistic director, Dance Umbrella
- Michael Volpe, founder Opera Holland Park
- Brendan Keaney, artistic director and chief executive, DanceEast.
- Actor Ruth Wilson
- Kenneth Alan Taylor, former Oldham Coliseum chief executive and artistic director and longstanding pantomime dame
- Opera singers Allan Clayton, Jeremy Huw Williams and Nadine Benjamin
- Samantha Moore, founder of Samantha Moore Theatre Arts dance school in Stockton-on-Tees
- Theatre architect Steve Tompkins
The full 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List see is available HERE.