ITEM TAGGINGS OF ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Formerly of The Beatles (1960–1970) and Wings (1971–1981), McCartney is the most commercially successful songwriter in th...

Kevin Spacey, CBE (honorary) (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and crooner. He grew up in California, and began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in suppo...

James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born 11 June 1959) better known as Hugh Laurie ( /hjuː ˈlɒri/), is an English actor, voice artist, comedian, writer, musician, recording artist, and director. He first became well known in the medi...

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PJ Harvey music

Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. She was raised in Corscombe, Dorset and Yeovil, Somerset. Her parents were both fans of American blues music. Their record collection exposed...

James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver, MBE (born 27 May 1975), sometimes known as The Naked Chef, is an English chef, restaurateur, and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campa...

Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE (born 31 July 1965), better known as J. K. Rowling ( /ˈroʊlɪŋ/ roh-ling), is a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived on a train tr...

Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose scientific books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity. He is an Honorary Fellow ...

Katherine Mathilda "Tilda" Swinton (born 5 November 1960) is a British actress known for both arthouse and mainstream films. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Michael Clayton. Swinton ...

Sir Roger George Moore KBE (born 14 October 1927), is an English actor and film producer, perhaps best known for portraying British secret agent James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985. He also portrayed Simon Templar in th...

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Midge Ure music

James "Midge" Ure, OBE (born 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his...

Patrick O'Brian, CBE (12 December 1914 – 2 January 2000), born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars an...

Matthew Bourne OBE (born 13 January 1960) is a British classical and contemporary ballet and dance choreographer. Matthew Bourne was born in Hackney, London in 1960. He went to William Fitt and Sir George Monoux School in Walt...

Peter Douglas Molyneux OBE (born 5 May 1959) is an English computer game designer and game programmer. He created the God games Dungeon Keeper, Populous, and Black & White, among others, as well as business simulation games suc...

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Mike Leigh hero

Michael "Mike" Leigh, OBE (born 20 February 1943) is a British writer and director of film and theatre. He studied theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and studied further at the Camberwell School of Art and the Centra...

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Bob Hope hero

Sir Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS (born Leslie Townes Hope; May 29, 1903  – July 27, 2003) was a British-born American comedian and actor who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. He was also note...

Francis Alick "Frankie" Howerd OBE (6 March 1917 – 19 April 1992) was an English comedian and comic actor whose career, described by fellow comedian Barry Cryer as "a series of comebacks", spanned six decades. Howerd was born ...

Simon Lehna Singh, MBE (born 1 January 1964) is a British author who has specialised in writing about mathematical and scientific topics in an accessible manner. His written works include Fermat's Last Theorem (in the United St...

Brian Howard Clough, OBE (21 March 1935 – 20 September 2004) was an English footballer and football manager. He is most notable for his success with Derby County and Nottingham Forest, and for his controversial 44 day spell as ...

Sir Henry Rider Haggard, KBE (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925) was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a founder of the Lost World literary genre. He was also involved in agricult...

Vidal Sassoon, CBE (17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012) was a widely recognised British hairdresser, credited with creating a simple geometric,