Joan Collins and James Corden to Be Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

The 'Girl in the Red Velvet Swing' actress will be made a dame, while the 'Into the Woods' actor will be awarded an OBE.

AceShowbiz - %cJoan Collins% and %cJames Corden% get another reason to celebrate on New Year's Eve. The two British stars are among names from showbiz world who will be recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in this year's New Year Honours list.

Collins, who was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), will be made a dame for services to charity. The 81-year-old actress, known for her roles in such films as "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" and "The Stud", says of the honor, "It is humbling to receive this level of recognition from my Queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful."

Meanwhile, "Into the Woods" star Corden, who is set to replace %cCraig Ferguson% as CBS' "Late Late Show" host, will be awarded an OBE for his services to the entertainment industry. A Buckingham Palace source tells The Sun, "James Corden is a huge young talent on many different fronts. His charitable work is also very impressive, making him a fantastic ambassador for the nation."

His ex-girlfriend and former "Gavin & Stacey" co-star %cSheridan Smith% will also receive the same honor, along with actress %cEmily Watson%. Veteran actor %cJohn Hurt% will be made a knight, while Fashion designer Mary Quant, television presenter %cEsther Rantzen% and %cKristin Scott Thomas% will be named a dame. "I am thrilled, astonished and worried that I might suddenly wake up," says Academy Award-nominated actress Thomas.

Also included in the list are one half of vocal duo vocal duo %cPeter and Gordon%, %cPeter Asher%, and comedian/writer %cMeera Syal%, who both will be made a CBE.

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