New Year Honours List 2021: Craig David to get MBE as Lewis Hamilton and Sally Dynevor also land gongs

SINGER Craig David is to be made an MBE in the New Year Honours list — crowning an extraordinary career comeback for the Noughties garage star.

The 39-year-old’s gong comes two decades after he first shot to fame with the release of his debut album Born To Do It — which featured the hit song 7 Days.

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Corrie actress Sally Dynevor, 57, who has played Sally Webster in the soap since 1986, is also to be made an MBE.

The nine surviving members of England’s 22-strong 1966 World Cup winning squad have all now been honoured, with MBEs for Jimmy Greaves, 80, and Ron Flowers, 86.

There is a damehood for actress Sheila Hancock, 87, who made her name in the West End before becoming a perennial figure on TV screens.

Former EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, 52, picks up an OBE while Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville, 64, is made a CBE.

Bafta-winning actor Toby Jones, 54 — who voiced Dobby the house elf in the Harry Potter film series — gets an OBE.

Screenwriter and producer Jed Mercurio, 54, creator of hit BBC dramas Line of Duty and Bodyguard, also gets an OBE.

Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, 35, has been given a knighthood after Boris Johnson stepped in to ensure he got the gong.

GP who took Dr Death job

A GP who took over at the surgery where serial killer doctor Harold Shipman murdered hundreds of patients is to be awarded an MBE.

Dr Amir Hannan, 48, only found out he would be replacing “Dr Death” the day before he started in 2000 in Hyde, Gtr Manchester.

It was just nine months after Shipman, believed to have killed 250, was jailed.

Dr Hannan said: “I had to deal with the aftermath and the challenges that were thrown at the community.

“I am still dealing with the fall-out of Shipman to this day. It doesn’t go away.”

Anne, 106, is NSPCC star

ANNE Baker is the oldest person on the New Year’s Honours list aged 106 — getting an MBE for her fundraising for the NSPCC.

Mrs Baker, from Salisbury, Wilts, has helped the charity for more than 50 years and took her efforts online in lockdown.

Ruth Saunders, of Newbury, Berks, was the next oldest at 104, getting an MBE for a marathon walk for charity.

Meanwhile, Veronica Main, of Hazlemere, Bucks, was given an MBE for services to straw hat plaiting and endangered craft skills.

Hamilton, who was made an MBE 12 years ago, has been repeatedly overlooked for a knighthood because of his tax affairs.

He has lived in Monaco for a decade but will become a Sir after his affairs were deemed “all in order”.

The PM is thought to have personally requested concerns over his tax status be bypassed by placing him on the Diplomatic and Overseas List of recipients.

Other sporting stars to be recognised include Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter, 49, who gets an OBE, and captain Joe Simmonds, 24, who receives an MBE.


The pair won the domestic and European rugby union double in the club’s most successful seasons in its history.

Former rugby league player Rob Burrow, 38, gets an MBE for the awareness he has raised for motor neurone disease after being diagnosed with the illness.

Shop pair will be Sirs

FORMER Tesco boss Dave Lewis has been knighted for his services to the food industry and business.

He was dubbed “Drastic Dave” for cost-cutting at the start of his tenure in 2014 as the chain faced a financial scandal but saved its fortunes.

Meanwhile Mel Smith, boss of Ocado and M&S’s successful new retail collaboration, has been made a CBE for her service to the retail sector and keeping food on tables during the pandemic.

The sister of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox is handed an MBE for her work fighting loneliness.

She described the gong as “bittersweet” but said her sister Jo would have been “extremely proud”.

The parents of 15-year-old Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, who died from a severe allergic reaction after eating a baguette from Pret a Manger, have been given OBEs for their campaigning to raise awareness of allergic diseases.

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

But garage star Craig’s honour for services to music is perhaps the biggest surprise, coming 20 years after he hit number one with 7 Days.

In it he sings about taking a girl for a drink on Tuesday and “making love by Wednesday and on Thursday and Friday and Saturday”.

They “chilled on Sunday”.

Cronyism award fear

THE honours list raised fresh fears of cronyism after ex-Cabinet minister Geoffrey Cox got a knighthood.

As attorney general in 2019, he advised the Government it was legal to suspend Parliament to force through the PM’s Brexit deal.

It was later ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court.

Ex-Labour MP and Corbyn critic Angela Eagle gets a damehood and ex-Tory aide Richard N Jackson an MBE.

Its success in 2000 made him the face of the UK commercial garage scene. But his subsequent releases failed to reach the same heights.

And his fall from grace was complete after being ridiculed by Leigh Francis on the TV comedy show Bo’ Selecta!.

But the release of comeback record Following My Intuition in 2016 saw him rocket back to number one and landed him headline gigs on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage and at Brixton Academy.

231 in Covid battle hailed

A FIFTH of the gongs — 231 in all — went to medics, care workers and public sector stalwarts leading the fight against coronavirus.

Nurse Lynne Grieves, who moved into her care home to help residents, gets a British Empire Medal (BEM).

The 57-year-old couldn’t risk taking the virus back to mum Ann, 82.
So she stayed 12 weeks at Northlea Court, Cramlington, Northumberland — even celebrating her birthday there.

She said: “It means a lot and shows I’ve been appreciated. Everybody has sacrificed so much.”

A BEM goes to palliative care nurse Cath Fitzsimmons who came out of retirement to lend her 40 years’ experience to the fight in Salford, Gtr Manchester.

Head of nursing Carol Doggett, 51, accepted an MBE on behalf of staff and intensive care patients at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, which came under significant pressure from rising cases.

Two medical experts who highlighted the health and wellbeing toll on staff get CBEs.

Prof Greta Westwood set up leadership support service Nightingale Frontline for nurses to discuss fears. Over 1,500 have used the service.

Prof Wendy Burn, ex-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recognised staff were in need of personal protective equipment and warned that the virus wave ravaging care homes could be replicated in residential mental health facilities without action.

Deputy director of nursing Jacky Copping, 55 from Beccles, Suffolk, received an MBE for initiating “Face Fit Testing” PPE at her trust.

Retired cop Mark Owen, 57, of Llanynys, Denbighshire, gets an MBE.

He led the volunteer response in North Wales, delivering prescriptions and food parcels to the vulnerable.

‘Empire’ is to remain

THE word “Empire’’ will not be removed from honours, the Cabinet Office confirmed yesterday.

It has been claimed it glorifies ­Britain’s colonial past and that “Empire” should become “Excellence”.

But Helen Ewen, head of the Honours Secretariat, said: “There are no plans currently to make changes.”

The latest list is the most diverse ever with 14.2 per cent from BAME backgrounds, 6.9 per cent who have a disability and four per cent LGBTQ+.

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