J.K. Rowling and Paul McCartney have been made Companions of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
20 years after receiving his knighthood, Sir Paul’s award is being upgraded for his services to music, while
‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. is honoured for her services to literature and philanthropy, two decades on from the release of her first book. J.K. Rowling is to become a Companion of Honour
There are also top awards for
Billy Connolly and Julie Walters, who have been made a Sir and Dame respectively.
Comedian Billy has been knighted in recognition of his services to entertainment and charity, while actress Julie in honoured for her services to drama.
Sir Paul McCartney's award is being upgraded ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ star June Whitfield is also being made a Dame for services to drama and entertainment, as is veteran star Olivia de Havilland, who turns 101 next month.
It makes her the oldest woman to receive the honour in the modern-day honours system.
Julie Walters is becoming a Dame
The actors are among many other famous names who have received an a nod in this year’s list, which also includes
Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé and Sarah Lancashire.
Ed receives an MBE for services to music and charity, as does Emeli for services to music.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge David Walliams, ‘Loose Women’ star Gloria Hunniford, and tennis coach Judy Murray are all awarded OBEs, as are actresses Sarah Lancashire and Patricia Hodge and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky.