His career blossomed with comedic performances on the BBC, with roles in sitcoms including The Rag Trade, Mr Digby Darling and Now, Take My Wife. In 1972, she landed her own series, but seriously, it’s Sheila Hancock.
She has worked extensively for charities and campaigned to improve education, especially with children from poorer backgrounds. In recent months, she has expressed particular concern about how children in those backgrounds have been disadvantaged by the pandemic, a situation she has compared to her time as an evacuee during World War II.
Dame Sheila is one of many film and television stars to receive the accolades. Actress Eastenders Nina Wadia, who rose to fame in the sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, becomes OBE, while Sally Dynevor, who has played Sally Webster on Coronation Street since 1986, becomes MBE.
Winner Bafta Toby Jones, as comfortable in blockbusters like the Harry Potter franchise and the Truman Capote biopic as he is in the BBC series The Detectorists or Sherlock, becomes an OBE.
Oscar nominated actress Lesley Manville is made a CBE for theater and charity services. She has appeared in her films including High Hopes, Secrets and Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, Mr Turner, All Or Nothing, and Another Year.
The other side of the camera, two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, 71, born in Devon but now based in California, is knighted in the list of overseas filming services. He was a cameraman on The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, 1917, A Beautiful Mind, Skyfall and Blade Runner 2049.
Screenwriter and producer Jed Mercurio, whose Line Of Duty and Bodyguard television hits have kept the country on the edge of its seat, has become an OBE for television fiction services.
Other honors for the arts include an MBE for Craig David, the 39-year-old singer and rapper, who recently made his comeback.