Olivia Colman has said she is "humbled" and "totally thrilled" to be made a CBE for services to drama in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Three-quarters of recipients in this year's list are people rewarded for outstanding work in their communities, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

But Colman, 45, is one of the celebrity names honoured alongside the likes of authors Lee Child and Joanna Trollope, broadcaster Dan Snow and adventurer Bear Grylls.

Musicians Elvis Costello, Feargal Sharkey and Andrew Roachford, as well as stage actor Simon Russell Beale, comedian Griff Rhys Jones, and rapper MIA, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, are also awarded gongs.

Image: Olivia Colman won best actress at the Oscars this year

Colman became a household name for appearances in shows such as Broadchurch and The Night Manager, and won the best actress Oscar this year for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.


"I'm totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people," said Colman, "most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be – and hopefully now will be. It's such an honour."

Her first notable role came in the sitcom Peep Show, where she played Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell's neurotic lead character.

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She broke into film with British movies including Hot Fuzz and Tyrannosaur, before landing the role of Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady, opposite Meryl Streep.

The actress, who studied at Cambridge and at the Bristol Old Vic, teamed up with film-maker Yorgos Lanthimos for 2015's The Lobster, starring alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

Olivia Colman as DS Ellie Miller and David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch
Image: The 45-year-old also won praise for her role in Broadchurch

Lanthimos would go on to direct her in The Favourite, which won her rave reviews and a clutch of gongs, including the Academy Award for best actress.

Most recently, she appeared in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's black comedy Fleabag, playing the title character's loathsome artist stepmother.

Her most anticipated role is yet to come, when she takes over as Queen Elizabeth II in the third series of The Crown, as the lavish Netflix drama moves into the 1970s.

Image: Bear Grylls, 44, is recognised for services to young people, the media and charity

Woman make up 47% of the 508 recipients this year, while more than 10% of those honoured come from a BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) background.

Stage actor Simon Russell Beale is knighted, while Elvis Costello and former frontman of The Undertones Feargal Sharkey are both made OBEs.

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