Delia among TV stars in Queen’s honours list

Veteran TV chef Delia Smith is among a number of small screen stars who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Smith, 67, has been made a CBE in the list, while others to be recognised include Royle Family star Sue Johnston and TV writer Kay Mellor – creator of ITV1’s Fat Friends – both of whom become OBEs.

Meanwhile, veteran actress Anna Wing – best known as feisty Lou Beale in EastEnders – has been made an MBE, for her acting and charity work.

Smith said that she thought her CBE was in recognition of ‘writing recipes for 40 years’.

“It’s difficult for me because what I do – I write recipes and demonstrate them on TV – feels just like regular, everyday work,” she added. “It doesn’t feel like it deserves any special honour.”

Johnston – who also appeared in Brookside – said she was ‘delighted and honoured’ to become an OBE.

“I am only sorry that my parents are not here as they would have been so proud,” she added.

And Wing said that her honour – at the age of 94 – was ‘the icing on the cake’.

“As a child I used to cling to the rails of Buckingham Palace never thinking that one day I would be decorated by the Queen,” she said.

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