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Imelda Staunton, Barbara Windsor and Matthew Bourne in New Year Honours list

The 2016 New Year Honours list has been announced

Barbara Windsor has been made a dame

Acting talent from across stage and screen have been named in the New Year Honours list. EastEnders and Carry On actress Barbara Windsor, 78, has been made a dame, as well as Welsh actress Sian Phillips. The star of recent hit musical revival Gypsy, Imelda Staunton, will also receive a CBE. Luther actor Idris Elba becomes an OBE.

Actor James Nesbitt is made an OBE for services to acting and Northern Ireland. While Spooks actor David Oyelowo becomes an OBE.

Elsewhere, Damon Albarn becomes an OBE and playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose play The Audience starred Helen Mirren, will also received an CBE.

In dance Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet will receive a CBE while Matthew Bourne has been given a knighthood.

1,196 people have been honoured in the New Year Honours 2016, 15 women become dames and 24 men receive knighthoods.

For the full New Year Honours list click here.