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Alex Lester

New Year’s Honours

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Actress Thandie Newton takes a lead role in the New Year Honours with an OBE.

Footie’s Harry Kane, model Twiggy and TV’s Michael Palin are also saluted.

Monty Python legend Michael Palin nets the Holy Grail of gongs in the New Year Honours — a knighthood.

Michael, 75, who starred in the musical comedy Spamalot, is made a Sir for services to travel, culture and geography.


He joked: “I have been a knight before, in Python films.

"I have been several, including Sir Galahad and the knight who said, ‘ni’.”

But he said he won’t believe his real title “until I see envelopes addressing me as Sir Michael”.

The comedian and TV travel documentary host, said he may “just have a quiet celebration — just myself and a glass of Horlicks”.

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, 70, who played butler Mr Carson in the period drama, receives an OBE.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan, 48, whose titles include Inception and Dunkirk, gets a CBE.

Grenfell Tower relief work gongs will not be awarded until the public inquiry is over.

Youth magazine founder Saeed Atcha, with an MBE for services to young people and the community in Greater Manchester, is the youngest on the list at 22.

The oldest is 100-year-old World War Two veteran Robert Lingwood.

He is awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community.