New Year Honours 2021: The entertainment figures in pictures

Several leading figures from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, art and literature have been recognised in the New Year Honours.

Here is a rundown of some of the biggest names, and their new titles:

Actress Sheila Hancock, who made her name in the West End before becoming a perennial presence on British TV screens, has been made a dame.

Commenting on the award, Hancock joked: “I’ve never felt myself this sort of person. It just doesn’t happen to people like me. I feel I may be lowering the tone. I feel slightly miscast, let’s put it that way.”

One of the biggest behind-the-scenes names to receive an honour is two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, who is based in California and is knighted in the overseas list.

Known for his work on Fargo, Skyfall, Sicario and No Country for Old Men, he has received 15 Oscar nominations over the course of his career, winning for the films Blade Runner 2049 and 1917.

From the world of fashion, ground-breaking make-up artist Pat McGrath – dubbed the “most influential make-up artist in the world” by Vogue – becomes a dame for services to the fashion and beauty industry and to diversity.

“I am truly delighted and humbled to be given this wonderful honour. My mother’s obsession with beauty and fashion ignited my passion for this amazing industry and I feel blessed to have the privilege of working with some of the most extraordinary people throughout my career,” she said.

Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville is made a CBE for services to drama and charity. Her screen credits include Phantom Thread, All or Nothing and Another Year.

She will portray Princess Margaret in seasons five and six of the Netflix series The Crown.

Actor Toby Jones, who counts Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and the Harry Potter franchise among his many film credits, becomes an OBE for his services to drama.

His first film role was in 1992’s Orlando, but his big break came in 2006 when he portrayed Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous. He has since appeared in The Hunger Games and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Screenwriter and producer Jed Mercurio, who held the nation spellbound with TV hits including Line Of Duty and Bodyguard, is made an OBE.

Former EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, who rose to fame in sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, is made an OBE for her services to entertainment and charity.

Wadia has worked with charities including Barnardo’s, in tribute to her father who was an orphan in India; and a kidney illness research charity in memory of her mother, who died with kidney failure.

She also supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and Diabetes UK after her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago and works with the organisation Education Saves Lives.

Singer Craig David has been made an MBE after staging a career comeback.

He found overnight fame as the voice of the Artful Dodger’s garage smash Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta) in 1999. A year later, his solo album Born To Do It entered the UK charts at number one, becoming the fastest-selling debut by a British male solo act ever.

After almost a decade in the musical wilderness, he enjoyed a renaissance with the 2016 album Following My Intuition, culminating in a hugely-enjoyable set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage and a nomination for best male at the Brit Awards.

Coronation Street stalwart Sally Dynevor, who has played Sally Webster on the soap since 1986, becomes an MBE.

Professor Jane Alison Glover, conductor and musicologist, receives a damehood for services to music

Murder probe as man and teenage boy found dead in Bishopbriggs

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man and a teenage boy were found dead in East Dunbartonshire.

Officers were called to Grainger Road in Bishopbriggs at about 16:10 on Wednesday 23 December.

Inside, they found the bodies of Seweryn Thomas, 40, and Antoni Thomas, 16.

A spokeswoman for the force said post-mortem examinations had taken place and inquiries to establish the full circumstances were ongoing.

Brexit: Labour aides quit over Starmers backing for trade deal

Three Labour frontbenchers have quit their roles after defying leader Sir Keir Starmer’s order to vote for the PM’s post-Brexit trade deal.

Sir Keir said Labour had to back the “thin” deal because it was better than “no deal”.

But three shadow frontbenchers – Tonia Antoniazzi, Helen Hayes and Florence Eshalomi – abstained in protest at it.

Only one Labour MP – Bell Ribeiro-Addy – voted against the deal, which cleared the Commons by 521 votes to 73.

Ms Ribeiro-Addy, who represents Streatham, in South London, rejected Sir Keir’s claim that not voting for the EU (Future Relationship) Bill – which brings the trade deal into UK law – would lead to the UK leaving EU trading rules on Thursday with no deal.

“Such a suggestion is, from a legal and constitutional perspective, entirely wrong,” she tweeted, adding the vote was not about approval of the deal, but what powers the government would have to implement it.

In all, 36 Labour MPs chose not to vote for the deal, plus former leader Jeremy Corbyn and backbencher Claudia Webbe, who are currently sitting as independents.

Tonia Antoniazzi resigned from her role working with Labour’s shadow cabinet for Work and Pensions and Scotland so she could abstain.

“I pledged to my constituents to never vote for anything that would make them worse off,” she wrote in her resignation letter to Sir Keir.

“This deal is nothing close to what is being sold to the British public, and it does not meet Labour’s six tests for a Brexit deal.

“The language, behaviours, disrespect and chumocracy that this country has had to endure from this government will continue if we endorse their actions in any way.”

Helen Hayes tweeted: “I can’t vote for this damaging deal and have abstained today. With much sadness and regret I’ve offered my resignation as shadow cabinet office minister.”

Florence Eshalomi resigned as an Opposition Whip, saying she could not support the “rushed” bill.

All Conservative MPs voted for the bill, apart from veteran Brexiteers Owen Paterson and John Redwood, who abstained.

All other parties voted against the bill.

Adele Rose: Tributes to Coronation Street writer and Byker Grove creator

Coronation Street’s longest-serving writer, Adele Rose, who also created the children’s series Byker Grove, has died at the age of 87.

Among those paying tribute were Ant and Dec, who rose to fame in the BBC One show, describing her as “an incredible lady and a wonderful writer”.

ITV said Rose was “particularly adept at giving voice to some of Corrie’s classic fearless female characters”.

She died of pneumonia on 28 December, her husband Peter Chadwick said.

Her TV credits included Heartbeat, Z Cars, Angels, The Dustbinmen and Robin’s Nest.

Born in Salford, Rose wrote more than 400 episodes of the ITV soap between 1961 and 1998, and was its first female writer. She won a Bafta in 1993.

In 1989 she was approached to write a one-off drama about a youth club, which led to a full series of Byker Grove, set in and around Newcastle. It ran until 2006.

“She wrote the first three series by herself, but she was very busy with Coronation Street and they appointed a team of writers, but she still had a creative credit until it ended,” Mr Chadwick told the Newcastle Chronicle.

John Whiston, head of ITV in the North, said: “Not only was Adele a trailblazer, being the very first in what is now a long line of brilliant female Coronation Street writers, she was also particularly adept at giving voice to some of Corrie’s classic fearless female characters, from Ena to Elsie, from Bet to Liz.

“If you watched Corrie growing up, then some of the most memorable episodes that are lodged in your mind were written by Adele. And for that the show will always be hugely grateful.”

Wythenshawe explosion: Man arrested for attempted murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a gas canister exploded at a house while a woman and 11-year-old girl were inside.

The blast happened at the home in Wythenshawe, Manchester, at about 12:20 GMT, blowing out several windows.

The girl and 32-year-old woman were left “shaken and upset” but not badly hurt, Det Insp Christopher Potter said.

The arrested man, 43, was also being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

He remains in custody and the Pewsey Road house has been cordoned off, Greater Manchester Police said.

The girl and woman were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Windows on the ground floor of the home were shattered and walls were damaged, police said.

Officers said they were treating the incident as “isolated”, with “no wider threat posed to the public.”

Det Insp Potter described the explosion as “nasty” and said it was “lucky no one sustained any serious injuries”.

He added: “While no one was badly hurt, this has left those who were inside the property at the time understandably shaken and upset.”

Helicopter rescue after woman falls on icy Pentland Hills

A woman is recovering with a broken leg following a dramatic rescue from the Pentland Hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

More than 35 mountain rescue and firefighters battled snow and icy conditions to help the woman who fell on Caerketton Hill at 14:00 on Tuesday.

It took three hours in minus 10C to get the woman off the 1,568ft (478m) hill.

A helicopter was called when rescue teams worked out it would take too long to use a stretcher and rope rescue.

The accident happened on the top of the steep hill, which houses Midlothian Ski Centre.

Dave Wright, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team leader, told BBC Scotland the conditions made the rescue difficult.

He said: “The casualty was well equipped for the walk she had planned. It was just an unfortunate slip on the top of the hill as the paths are very icy just now. In those conditions it is difficult for anyone to stay warm once they have stopped moving.”

He said the wind chill made it minus 10C.

A tent was pitched over the woman while dozens of rescuers travelled from as far as the Scottish Borders and West Lothian to the scene.

Paramedics gave her painkillers on the hill side while stretchers of kit to keep her warm was dragged up the hill.

Mr Wright said: “To lower the casualty down from that height on a stretcher would have involved a technical rig and lowering it for 50m before derigging and doing the process again and again. It would have taken too long.

“We practice for this type of line rescue all the time but what would have made it difficult was the icy conditions.”

Blackburn death: Murder probe after death of much-loved father

A “much-loved” father found in the street with serious head injuries has died prompting a murder investigation.

Nigel Scott, 58, from Preston, was discovered unconscious on the pavement in Clarendon Road East, Blackburn shortly after 10:00 GMT on Sunday.

Lancashire Police said he died in hospital on Monday.

His family said they were “devastated” by his tragic and sudden death. A man, 32, from Preston has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mr Scott’s family said in a statement: “Nigel was much loved by his mum June; children Danny, Lee, Danika and Tyler; niece Chantal; and nephew Paul.

“He will be missed by his family and many friends.”

A 32-year-old man initially arrested on suspicion of wounding has now been re-arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident to come forward, saying it could be crucial to the investigation.

Det Insp Mark Dickinson, of Lancashire Police said Mr Scott’s death was being treated as an “isolated incident and there is not thought to be a wider threat to the public” but there would be “reassurance patrols” would continue in the area in the next few days.

Convicted killer Ryan Hill on the run from Doncaster open prison

A search is under way after a convicted killer and burglar absconded from a prison in South Yorkshire.

Ryan Hill, 41, left Hatfield Open Prison on Christmas Eve and has not returned, police said.

He was jailed for manslaughter in 2008 and was recalled to prison for burglary in 2019.

South Yorkshire Police said he was known to have links to the Wakefield and Upton areas, as well as Milton Keynes and Sowerby, near Thirsk.

He is described as being about 6ft 3ins tall with a medium build and blond hair.

One of his front teeth is missing and he has a number of tattoos including one on his right arm which says ‘bulldog bulldog breed Oggy’.

Police have urged people not to approach him but instead call 999 if he is seen.

NI state papers: Mo Mowlam, snogging and Elton John at Stormont

When Mo Mowlam stepped into Northern Ireland politics in 1997, she brought with her an unconventional, straight-talking approach to doing business.

As Northern Ireland secretary she oversaw the negotiations that led to the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement which brought the Troubles to an end.

But her vivacity initially caused eyebrows to be raised at Stormont and among Irish government officials.

Previously confidential files reveal new details of how she broke tradition.

Released on Tuesday, the state papers from 1997 show how she pushed for Elton John to perform at Stormont and encouraged UK and Irish officials to show some love over lunch.

Shortly after the Labour Party’s landslide win in that year’s general election and her subsequent appointment as Northern Ireland secretary, Ms Mowlam said she wished to develop the potential of the beautiful Stormont estate for recreation and public entertainment.

In particular she asked officials to examine the possibility of using the grounds as a venue for concerts.

The state files show that in December 1997, as the talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement continued at Stormont, she met concert promoter Jim Aiken to discuss arranging a gig by Elton John on the estate.

The Rocket Man singer’s manager John Reid had contacted Mr Aiken to inform him that at a recent meeting with the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, he had talked about the possibility of a concert involving Elton John in Belfast and a date the following May was suggested.

It was believed that a Sunday concert at Stormont “would not be appropriate”.

Mr Aiken felt that Ms Mowlam could write to Mr Reid suggesting a concert audience of 12,000 people.

The promoter also indicated that the dancer Michael Flatley could be attracted to do a show at Stormont and it was agreed that “this type of event would provide the right atmosphere and publicity for the venue”.

On 3 December 1997, Ms Mowlam’s private secretary Ken Lindsay informed a senior civil servant that he had approached Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader Peter Robinson about the concerts.

“Robinson’s reaction when asked about concerts at Stormont was not negative,” wrote Mr Lindsay.

“In fact he offered to take soundings himself and said that reassurance needed to be given to the local residents.”

Ms Mowlam had agreed that a classical music concert, a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Tattoo or singers such as US country star Garth Brooks “would be very acceptable at Stormont”.

She wrote to Mr Blair that month, explaining her aim to create a “more inclusive perception of Parliament Buildings”.

She wrote: “I need to take the local politicians along with us in these measures.

“Nationalists are likely to be sceptical and unionists will be concerned about devaluing the standing of Stormont.”

Elton John’s open-air performance on the slopes of the Stormont estate in May 1998 – a few days after the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement – drew about 14,000 people.

During a performance lasting over two hours he steered clear of politics but told the crowd: “I’ve looked forward to this for a long time. It’s great to be back in the city.”

Files from March 1997, when Ms Mowlam was shadow Northern Ireland secretary, reveal that Irish government officials were not impressed by her animated approach.

In an internal Northern Ireland Office note, Peter Bell – the British secretary of the Joint Anglo-Irish Secretariat – commented on the attitude of his Irish counterpart David Donoghue.

“What has surprised me is the lack of enthusiasm Mr Donaghue has evinced for Dr Mowlam generally,” wrote Mr Bell.

He felt that Mr Donoghue’s views were representative of thinking in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and added: “He does not like the lady.

“She is, for instance ‘flaky’. Neither she nor her party is seen as pro-nationalist.”

In another memo – under the captivating headline “Snog of a lifetime” – Mr Bell describes a lunch meeting involving himself, Ms Mowlam, her adviser and an Irish official.

According to his account, Ms Mowlam made important points, including that a Labour government would support an inclusive talks process and make a particular effort to bring Sinn FĂ©in in, and that it recognised the need to take unionists with them in a negotiated political settlement.

She also explained that she expected the “bi-partisan policy [at Westminster] to collapse within two days of a new Labour government, in part owing to the ‘natural affinity’ between Conservatives and unionists”.

Mr Bell expressed satisfaction about the meeting: “The note which I hoped Dr Mowlam would strike – a constructive relationship with the Irish but do not expect a Labour government to follow a simplistic nationalist agenda – was struck.”

He added: “Dr Mowlam prefers doing business ‘dry’, to be followed… by a not necessarily wholly teetotal entertainment: work first, pleasure later.”

That took him to what he termed “the osculation” – Ms Mowlam began the lunch by presenting the UK and Irish officials with a Comic Relief “kissing kit” – a feature of the charity’s 1997 campaign – containing lipstick and a “snog log” in which to record romantic adventures.