Former EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her campaign against knife crime.

The 27-year-old, who played Kelly Taylor in ths soap from 2001-2004, was made an MBE for her work with the Ben Kinsella Trust, which she set up in memory of her brother, who was murdered in North London in 2008.

The actress has since become a government advisor on the issue, and has been working with project leaders and community workers on ways to try and prevent knife crime.

Other names from the world of entertainment to be recognised in the list include actor Colin Firth, who has been made a CBE.

The 50-year-old, who originally sprang to stardom as Mr Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, won an Oscar earlier this year for his role as George VI in The King’s Speech.

Also being honoured were veteran actor Bernard Cribbins, whose most famous roles include narrating children’s TV show The Wombles and appearing in Jackanory, as well as supporting roles in Fawlty Towers and, more recently, Doctor Who.

Actors Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden, who were two-thirds of small screen comedy trio The Goodies, have also been rewarded with OBEs. Their co-star Bill Oddie received the honour in 2003.