Penelope Keith, Angela Lansbury made dames in New Year’s honours list

Actresses Angela Lansbury and Penelope Keith have been made dames in the New Year’s Honours list.

Also honoured by the Queen, in a list notable for more female honours than males, is The Apprentice mentor Karren Brady (CBE) and Gavin and Stacey creator Ruth Jones, who receives an MBE.

Comic actress Penelope Keith, 73, told the BBC: “It’s a recognition for not only my 54 years being an actress, but also for all the charities with which I’m associated and I think they’ll be thrilled.”

Murder, She Wrote actress Angela, 88, receives hers for services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy. She said: “I’m joining a marvellous group of women I greatly admire like Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

“It’s a lovely thing to be given that nod of approval by your own country and I really cherish it.”

Karren, 43, said she felt ‘very privileged and very proud, particularly to be recognised for the work I do for other women in business’.

Other TV personalities honoured include actress Lynda Bellingham, singer Katherine Jenkins and writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, who all receive OBEs.