Olympic heroes head New Year Honours

At a glance: Famous faces honoured

Name Occupation Honour What they said

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Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins

Cyclist

Knighthood for services to cycling

"I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honour but there's a slight element of disbelief."

Ben Ainslie

Ben Ainslie

Finn Sailor

Knighthood for services to sailing

"This is an incredible honour. When I set out Olympic sailing 20 years ago, I never would have dreamt this would happen."

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey

Cyclist

Dame for services to Para-cycling

"It's hard to put into words other than just it is the greatest honour."

Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds

Swimmer

OBE for services to Paralympic sport

""It's been a great honour to be included in the list which caps an amazing year for me personally and for British sport."

Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis

Heptathlete

CBE for services to athletics

Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger

Rower

CBE for services to rowing

"I fully appreciate this new accolade and I'd be thrilled if it helps with the efforts of everyone on Team GB to produce a meaningful legacy."

Mo Farah

Mo Farah

Athlete

CBE for services to athletics

David Weir

David Weir

Wheelchair athlete

CBE for services to athletics

Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton

Cyclist

CBE for services to cycling

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Tennis player

OBE for services to tennis

Lord Coe

Lord Coe

Chairman Locog

Made Companion of Honour for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

"A wonderful end to this unique Olympic and Paralympic Year".

Peter Higgs

Peter Higgs

Professor of theoretical physics

Made Companion of Honour for services to physics

The University of Edinburgh said: "It is a well deserved testament to the impact of his work and the influence he is already having on the next generation of physicists."

Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ramprakash

Former cricketer

MBE for services to sport

"I have been lucky to play for so long and achieve things throughout my career like the 100 first-class centuries. But this is an acknowledgment of your entire career."

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Fashion designer

OBE for services to fashion

Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti

Violinist

MBE for services to music and charity

"This has come as a real surprise to me and I am humbled. I hope this honour can help me continue to draw attention to the importance of classical music and the arts in British society."

Kenneth Grange

Kenneth Grange

Industrial designer

Knighthood for services to design

"Chuffed to bits ... It's at the top of the pile."

Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester

Actor

OBE for services to drama

Said he was "really surprised" but "honoured".

Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Singer-songwriter

CBE for services to music

Said she was "deeply honoured".

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake

Illustrator

Knighthood for services to illustration

"My books are published a lot in France and Germany and I get a lot of letters from people there who think I have got it already, so I suppose this kind of regularises it... I haven't quite got used to it yet, but I'm very pleased."

Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair

CBE for services to women's issues and charity

Spokesman said: "Cherie Blair is very honoured to receive this award."

Margaret Beckett

Margaret Beckett

Dame for public and political service

"A recognition of all the work I've been able to be part of in politics, which is greatly appreciated."

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin

Artist

CBE for services to the arts

"I'm absolutely thrilled. It's been insane trying to keep it a secret but I'm really looking forward to seeing the look on my mum's face. For me this honour is a symbol of how art can change people's perception of life and view the world in a different way."

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor

Actor

OBE for services to drama and charity

"I am delighted and touched to be on the New Year's Honours list."

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