David Attenborough, Mary Berry and Lorraine Kelly getting Queen's Birthday Honours

Adam Silverstein
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Former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry, ITV daytime presenter Lorraine Kelly and legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough have all been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Coronation Street actress Maureen Lipman, Hollyoaks creator Phil Redmond and Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright were also named in the list, which is usually published in June when the Queen celebrates her birthday but was postponed this year following the coronavirus outbreak.

Mary Berry, who was made a CBE in 2012, is being made a Dame for services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity.

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Photo credit: Chris Williamson/Getty Images

The 85-year-old said: "I just wish my parents and brothers were here to share my joy, as my only achievement at school was just one O-level – in cookery of course. However, I am sure they are looking down and smiling."

Lorraine Kelly, 60, who has been working in broadcasting for more than 30 years, is becoming a CBE, while there are also CBEs for actor Adrian Lester and physicist Professor Brian Cox.

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Photo credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage - Getty Images

Sir David Attenborough, who was knighted in 1985, has been handed an upgrade. The 94-year-old is receiving a Knight Grand Cross in the diplomatic list for his contribution to broadcasting and conservation.

Like Mary Berry, Maureen Lipman is also becoming a Dame after being honoured for her services to charity, entertainment and the arts during her 50-year career. She currently stars as Corrie's Evelyn Plummer.

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Phil Redmond, who created Grange Hill and Brookside as well as Hollyoaks, has been knighted for services to broadcasting and arts in the regions. There's also a knighthood for actor David Suchet, best known for playing Hercule Poirot in the classic Agatha Christie detective series.

Writer and director Sally Wainwright – the creator of drama series Scott & Bailey, Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack – has been made OBE.

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Photo credit: Peter Lomas - ELLEMEN

Actress and singer Mica Paris, who recently joined the cast of EastEnders, is being made an MBE for services to music, entertainment and charity.

Away from the entertainment industry, Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford and fitness coach Joe Wicks were recognised for their efforts during the pandemic, becoming MBEs on the delayed list.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "This year's honours recipients are a testament to the sort of country we are – caring, compassionate and resolute in the face of a global pandemic.

"The hard work and dedication of these local, often unsung heroes has helped carry us through. I congratulate them all."

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