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New Year Honours 2015: Twelve famous faces

More than 1,100 people have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Here are 12 of the more famous faces.


1. Joan Collins

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Occupation: Actress, philanthropist and charity campaigner

Honour: Damehood for services to charity

Quote: "When I first heard, I really couldn't quite believe it. Although quite a few people have been saying for some time maybe it was going to happen, I never ever believed it. But I'm, delirious, thrilled excited and very, very honoured."


2. James Caan

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Honour: OBE for services to entrepreneurship and charitable services through the James Caan Foundation


3. Esther Rantzen

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Occupation: Television presenter and campaigner

Honour: Damehood for services to children and older people

Quote: "I am thrilled that this honour recognises the contribution made by ChildLine and The Silver Line in transforming lives, and I am delighted that the talented teams at both charities have also been recognised for their inspirational work and devotion."


4. Steve Cram

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Occupation: Athlete, Lately chairman, English Institute of Sport.

Honour: CBE for services to sport

Quote: "It's really fantastic to have this recognition, especially all these years after I stopped competing. A large part of my journey since then has been the EIS and we have put a lot of things in place to give support to our Olympic programmes."


5. Mary Quant

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Occupation: Designer

Honour: Damehood for services to British fashion.

Quote: "I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this terrific honour. It is extremely gratifying that my work in the fashion industry has been recognised and acknowledged in such a significant way."


6. Lord Ashdown

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Occupation: Former Liberal Democrat leader

Honour: Made a member of the Companions of Honour for public and political service


7. Kristin Scott Thomas

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Occupation: Actress

Honour: Damehood for services to drama

Quote: "I thought someone was playing a trick. But it's true apparently, and I am thrilled, astonished and worried that I might suddenly wake up."


8. James Corden

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Occupation: Actor

Honour: OBE for services to drama

Quote: "I'm thrilled, overwhelmed and honoured to be recognised in such a way. I feel very lucky to be born in a country where creativity is both encouraged and valued. My family are very proud. My mum is already fretting about what to wear."


9. Sheridan Smith

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Occupation: Actress

Honour: OBE for services to drama

Quote: "I'm sincerely thankful and humbled to be recognised with such an honour. I'm overwhelmed and hope to continue doing the work that I love for many years to come."


10. Trevor Baylis

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Occupation: Inventor

Honour: CBE for services to intellectual property

Quote: "It was a great surprise. I got an OBE in 1997 and that was one of the best days of my life. I've been pushing hard to help other inventors because so many people get ripped off like a turkey or find they do not have the money to pay the lawyers to protect themselves."


11. John Hurt

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Occupation: Actor

Honour: Knighthood for services to drama


12. Meera Syal

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Occupation: Actress and author

Honour: CBE for services to drama and literature