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Barlow And Winslet On Queen Honours List
This year's honours list sees some of Britain's best talent awarded for their dedication to the entertainment industry.
Among those awarded include Kate Winslet, Gary Barlow and Kenneth Branagh.
Titanic actress Winslet has been recognised with a CBE for her services to drama.
Winslet, 36, said: "I am both surprised and honoured to stand alongside so many men and women who have achieved great things for our country.
"And I feel deeply proud to receive this, as a part of an ever-expanding community of British actors and film makers who are fortunate enough to be able to contribute to an international industry.
"This makes me very proud to be a Brit."
Winslet fell in love with acting from an early age but it was her performance in the period drama Sense And Sensibility that got her noticed when she was rewarded with both a Bafta and an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.
Her role in the blockbuster Titanic, however, alongside teen heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio, propelled her to Hollywood stardom.
As well as a successful acting career Winslet has also set up a charity, the Golden Hat Foundation, for autistic youngsters and published a book of celebrity self-portraits to raise funds.
Take That star Gary Barlow's OBE comes just days after he put together the triumphant Diamond Jubilee concert for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
His Jubilee anthem Sing also remains at number one.
He said: "I'm absolutely thrilled and feel very privileged to be in the company of so many brilliant people who I know have received an OBE.
"Growing up I never dreamt that one day I'd be getting one myself. I enjoy every minute of the work I do, with a lot of it being a reward in itself, so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is just amazing."
He added: "My family are very proud."
Barlow, 41, who has been honoured for his services to the entertainment industry and to charity, has been behind some of the biggest smash-hits of the past two decades.
The Oscar-nominated Kenneth Branagh has been recognised for his services to drama and to the community of Northern Ireland.
Belfast-born Branagh, 51, said: "I feel humble, elated, and incredibly lucky.
"When I was a kid I dreamed of pulling on a shirt for the Northern Ireland football team.
"I could only imagine how proud you might feel. Today it feels like they just gave me the shirt, and my heart's fit to burst."
The honour comes months after he won plaudits for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier, he was nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta for the role as the late screen and stage star in My Week With Marilyn.
He has also scored roles in blockbuster's Thor, and as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter films.
Other recipients include Armando Iannucci, the man behind the Westminster sitcom The Thick Of It, who has been awarded an OBE.
Actress Jenny Agutter, most famous for her roles in An American Werewolf in London and Logan's Run, and who now stars in British TV series Spooks, has also been honoured with an OBE.
Fellow actress Amanda Redman, who starred in police drama New Tricks and founded the Artists Theatre School, has been given an MBE.
Michael Boyd, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company will receive a knighthood for his services to drama.