Gary Barlow made OBE in Queen’s birthday honours

Gary Barlow has revealed he is “absolutely thrilled” after being made an OBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The X Factor judge received the accolade after organising the Diamond Jubilee concert which featured artists from six decades of music, including Sir Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard.

His official Jubilee anthem Sing, featuring vocalists from the Commonwealth, is also currently number one in the singles chart while the accompanying album is top of the album chart.

“I’m absolutely thrilled and very privileged to be in the company of so many brilliant people who I know have received an OBE,” Gary said.

“Growing up I never dreamed that one day I’d be getting one myself. I enjoy every minute of the work I do, with a lot of it being a reward in itself, so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is just amazing.”

A number of other TV stars have also been recognised in the list, including Gareth Malone, who has been made an OBE following his work with the Military Wives Choir.

The singers, who appeared on a BBC documentary last year, went on to score the Christmas number one with Wherever You Are, amd also appeared at the Jubilee gig.

“Over the past 10 years, encouraging people to sing has been a labour of love so it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way,” Malone said.

“I am hugely grateful to all the people I have worked with in both television and the arts for helping me to bring music into people’s lives.”

Meanwhile Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter has been made a OBE, while New Tricks’ Amanda Redman becomes an MBE and Casualty actor Kwame Kwei-Armah has received an OBE, as has Upstairs Downstairs veteran Jean Marsh.

There was also an OBE for The Thick Of It’s writer Armando Ianucci, while TV veteran Richard Stilgoe – known for his appearances on such shows as Countdown – has been knighted.

There was also a knighthood for actor Kenneth Branagh – who starred in the British version of the TV hit Wallander as well as numerous films – and a CBE for Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet.

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