Commanders of the Order of the British Empireby Syl | created - 10 May 2012 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
People who have been awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). Thomas B. McCrirrick CBE June 1987.
Actress | Upstairs, Downstairs
Angela Baddeley was born on July 4, 1904 in West Ham, London, England as Madeline Angela Clinton-Baddeley. She was an actress, known for Upstairs, Downstairs (1971), The Speckled Band (1931) and Tom Jones (1963). She was married to Glen Byam Shaw and Stephen Thomas. She died on February 22, 1976 in...
Actor | Producers' Showcase
The founding father of British ballet, he developed the "English style" of classical dancing. He saw Anna Pavlova dance in 1917, which inspired him to a lifetime in ballet. He studied in London with Léonide Massine and Marie Rambert. He joined the Vic-Wells ballet, which later became the Royal ...
4. Ben Ainslie
Actor | Above & Beyond: Land Rover Bar
Ben Ainslie was born on February 5, 1977 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England as Charles Benedict Ainslie. He is an actor, known for Above & Beyond: Land Rover Bar (2017), South Today (1961) and A Question of Sport (1970). He has been married to Georgie Thompson since December 20, 2014. They have...
Writer | Drinking for England
Simon Armitage was born on May 26, 1963 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England as Simon Robert Armitage. He is a writer and actor, known for Drinking for England (1998), Last Words (2017) and Songbirds (2007). He is married to Sue Roberts. They have one child.
Actor | Jurassic Park
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. ...
11. Malcolm Arnold
Composer | The Bridge on the River Kwai
Born in Northampton on 21st October 1921, Malcolm Arnold studied composition with Gordon Jacob and trumpet with Ernest Hall at the Royal College of Music. In 1941 he joined the trumpet section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming principal by 1943. After two years of war service and one ...
12. Eileen Atkins
Actress | Gosford Park
Eileen Atkins was born in a Salvation Army Women's Hostel in north London. Her father was a gas meter reader; her mother, a seamstress and barmaid. A drama teacher taught her how to drop her Cockney accent, and she studied Shakespeare and Greek tragedies. Her breakthrough role in "The Killing of ...
13. Joss Ackland
Actor | The Hunt for Red October
Joss Ackland, the distinguished English actor who has appeared in over 100 movies, scores of plays and a plethora of television programs in his six-decade career, was born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on February 29, 1928, in North Kensington, London. After attending London's Central School of ...
15. Peggy Ashcroft
Actress | A Passage to India
Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew (1933). On stage she was cast...
16. Arthur Askey
Actor | The Love Match
Arthur Askey was a diminutive British comedian, born in 1900. He began his professional career as a music hall performer in 1924, but it wasn't until 1938's Band Waggon (1940) (which lasted a full five seasons), that he became a household name in England. His film debut was in the 1937 British ...
17. Alan Ayckbourn
Writer | A Chorus of Disapproval
Alan Ayckbourn was born on April 12, 1939 in London, England. He is a writer and director, known for A Chorus of Disapproval (1989), Private Fears in Public Places (2006) and The Revengers' Comedies (1998). He has been married to Heather Stoney since 1997. He was previously married to Christine ...
18. Shirley Bassey
Soundtrack | Moonraker
Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, and raised in the nearby working class neighborhood of Splott. Her mother was originally from Yorkshire, and her father was a Nigerian seaman who left the family when she was less than two. She later helped to support her family by working in an...
19. Richard Briers
Actor | Peter Pan
Richard Briers was born on January 14, 1934 in Merton, Surrey, England as Richard David Briers. He was an actor, known for Peter Pan (2003), Watership Down (1978) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993). He was married to Ann Davies. He died on February 17, 2013 in London, England.
Self | Blue Planet II
Born 8 May 1926, the younger brother of actor Lord Richard Attenborough. He never expressed a wish to act and, instead, studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1947, the year he began his two years National Service in the Royal Navy. In 1952, he joined BBC Television at ...
21. Richard Burton
Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.
Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...
22. Tim Bevan
Producer | Les Misérables
Tim Bevan was born on December 20, 1957 in Queenstown, New Zealand as Timothy John Bevan. He is a producer, known for Les Misérables (2012), Atonement (2007) and The Theory of Everything (2014). He has been married to Amy Gadney since 2001. They have two children. He was previously married ...
24. Michael Bentine
Writer | Potty Time
Michael Bentine was born on January 26, 1922 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Potty Time (1973), The Bumblies (1954) and The Sandwich Man (1966). He was married to Clementina Stuart and Marie Barradell. He died on November 26, 1996 in The Royal Marsden ...
25. Humphrey Burton
Author, broadcaster, director and producer. First Head of Music and Arts for BBC Television 1965-1967. Resumed the position again from 1975-1981 after an eight year absence in commercial television as a founder-member of London Weekend Television. For his work as a director, he has won four Emmy ...
26. Malcolm Bradbury
Writer | Cold Comfort Farm
Malcolm Bradbury was born on September 7, 1932 in Sheffield, England as Malcolm Stanley Bradbury. He is known for his work on Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Inspector Morse (1987) and A Touch of Frost (1992). He was married to Elizabeth Salt. He died on November 28, 2000 in Norwich, England.
27. John Betjeman
Writer | But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock
John Betjeman was born on August 28, 1906 in Hampstead, London, England as John Betjemann. He was a writer, known for But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock (1972), That Was the Week That Was (1962) and On the Margin (1966). He was married to Penelope Chetwode. He died on May 19, 1984 in Trebetherick, ...
28. John Bayley
Writer | Iris
John Bayley was born on March 27, 1925 in Lahore, Punjab, British India as John Oliver Bayley. He was a writer, known for Iris (2001) and Take It or Leave It (1964). He was married to Audihild Villers and Iris Murdoch. He died on January 12, 2015 in Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain.
29. Cicely Berry
Cicely Berry was born on May 17, 1926 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England as Cicely Frances Berry. She is known for her work on The Last Emperor (1987), Stealing Beauty (1996) and Titus (1999). She was married to Harry Moore. She died on October 15, 2018 in Cornwall, England.
30. Elizabeth Bowen
Writer | The Last September
Elizabeth Bowen was born on June 7, 1899 in Dublin, Ireland as Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen. She was a writer, known for The Last September (1999), Shades of Darkness (1983) and BBC2 Playhouse (1973). She was married to Alan Charles Cameron. She died on February 22, 1973 in London, England.
40. Chris Bonington
Chris Bonington was born on August 6, 1934 in Hampstead, London, England as Christian John Storey Bonington. He is known for his work on A Dangerous Kind of Love (1986), Magnetic Mountains (2017) and Great Railway Journeys (1994). He is married to Wendy Bonington. They have two children.
47. Correlli Barnett
Writer | Bird's-Eye View
Correlli Barnett was born on June 28, 1927 in Norbury, Surrey, England as Correlli Douglas Barnett. He is known for his work on Bird's-Eye View (1969), Isoroku Yamamoto Grand Admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy (1970) and The Lost Peace (1966). He has been married to Ruth Murby since 1950. They have ...
49. A.S. Byatt
Writer | Possession
A.S. Byatt was born on August 24, 1936 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England as Antonia Susan Drabble. She is a writer, known for Possession (2002), Angels and Insects (1995) and Medusa's Ankles (2018). She has been married to Peter John Duffy since 1969. She was previously married to Ian Charles ...
50. Hugh Bean
Music_department | Gala Performance
Hugh Bean was born on September 22, 1929 in Beckenham, Kent, England as Hugh Cecil Bean. He is known for his work on Gala Performance (1963), Sunday Night (1965) and La Bohème (1966). He was married to Mary Dorothy Harrow. He died on December 26, 2003 in Beckenham.
51. Peter Brook
Director | Lord of the Flies
Born in London, Peter was educated at Westminster, and Magdalen College Oxford. He has staged numerous productions for Birmingham Rep, Stratford Upon Avon and Broadway. In 1962 he was appointed Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a position he held for 2 decades. His most famous stage ...
52. John Brabourne
Producer | Romeo and Juliet
A director of Thames Television, Euston Films and Thorn EMI, John Brabourne's entrepreneurial skills were crucial to creating some major successes in the British cinema. In the sixties he produced two celebrated Shakespeare adaptations, the film of Othello (1965) starring Laurence Olivier and ...
53. Alan Bates
Actor | Gosford Park
Alan Bates decided to be an actor at age 11. After grammar school in Derbyshire, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Following two years in the Royal Air Force, he joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. His West End debut in 1956, at 22...
54. John Boorman
Producer | Excalibur
John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. ...
Actor | The Death of Stalin
Simon Russell Beale is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed talents in British theatre.
He spent his early years abroad as his father was Surgeon General to the British Army (his mother is also a doctor), but aged 8 was relocated to England and became a pupil at St Paul's Cathedral ...
56. The Bee Gees
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The opening lines of their 1967 single "Massachusetts" are "Feel I'm going back to Massachusetts, something's telling me I must go home". At the time they wrote the song, none of the Bee Gees had ever been to Massachusetts. They said that they just liked the sound of the word.
57. Robert Bolt
Writer | A Man for All Seasons
Son of a small shopkeeper, he attended Manchester Grammar School. He later said that he made poor uses of his opportunities there. He went to work in an insurance office, but later entered Manchester University, taking a degree in History. A post-graduate year at Exeter University led to a ...
58. Michael Bryant
Actor | Nicholas and Alexandra
Michael Bryant was born on April 5, 1928 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Hamlet (1996) and A Night to Remember (1958). He was married to Judith Coke and Josephine Martin. He died on April 25, 2002 in Richmond, London.
60. Tina Brown
Tina Brown was born on November 21, 1953 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England as Christina Hambley Brown. She is a producer, known for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015), Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women (2015) and Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989). She has been married ...
61. Darcey Bussell
Actress | True Blue
Darcey Bussell is one of Britain's leading Ballet stars. She studied at the Royal Ballet school and joined the SWRB in 1987 becoming the principal soloist in 1989. Her repertory includes Odette, Cinderella, Giselle, Juliet, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Raymonda, Manon, Mitzi Caspar, and the Black Queen. ...
62. Simon Callow
Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral
Simon Callow was born on June 13, 1949 in London, England as Simon Phillip Hugh Callow. He is an actor, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), A Room with a View (1985) and Shakespeare in Love (1998). He has been married to Sebastian Fox since June 2016.
63. Petula Clark
Soundtrack | Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Petula Clark was a star at the age of 11. She starred in British concert halls and on BBC radio singing for the troops during WWII. She was a child star in a series of British films from the end of WWII through to the early 1950s,and by 1954 was having hit records. After a move to France in 1960, ...
64. Eric Clapton
Soundtrack | Lethal Weapon 3
Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, on March 30, 1945. His real father was a Canadian pilot but he didn't find that out until he was 53. When he was 2 his mother felt she was unable to look after him, so Eric then went to live with his grandparents. When he was 14 he took up the ...
65. Brian Cox
Actor | X2
Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline Cox, maiden surname McCann, a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish ...
67. John Clements
Actor | The Four Feathers
John Clements hailed from southern England and was educated at St Paul's School in London and St John's College, Cambridge. His acting aspiration prompted his first stage appearance at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in 1930 in the play "Out of the Blue". Through the 1930s, he continued to develop ...
68. Colin Callender
Producer | The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Colin Callender is Chairman of Playground LLC a film, television and theater production company founded in 2010.
A pioneering film and television executive who played a central role in HBO's unprecedented commercial and critical success and before that as an award winning producer in the UK, ...
Actress | Les Misérables
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.
Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...
70. Michael Caine
Actor | The Quiet American
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...
71. Billy Connolly
Actor | Brave
Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a ...
72. Arthur C. Clarke
Writer | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke was born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England in December 16, 1917. In 1936 he moved to London, where he joined the British Interplanetary Society. There he started to experiment with astronautic material in the BIS, write the BIS Bulletin and science fiction. During ...
Actress | Blithe Spirit
Coming from a musical family - her mother was a concert soprano - Constance Cummings made her show business debut in 1926 in regional stock theater, and by 1928 had appeared in her first Broadway play. Her success in the theater resulted in an invitation to Hollywood, where she went 1931. Although ...
75. Leslie Crowther
Actor | My Good Woman
Leslie Crowther was born on February 6, 1933 in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England as Leslie Douglas Sargent Crowther. He was an actor and writer, known for My Good Woman (1972), Comedy Playhouse (1961) and A Midsummer Night's Dream Part 1 (1950). He was married to Jean Stone. He died on ...
Actress | Things Are Looking Up
Cicely Courtneidge was born on April 1, 1893 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Esmerelda Cicely Courtneidge. She was an actress, known for Things Are Looking Up (1935), Along Came Sally (1934) and The Ghost Train (1931). She was married to Jack Hulbert. She died on April 26, 1980 in Putney, ...
79. Whina Cooper
Whina Cooper was born on December 9, 1895 in Te Karaka, New Zealand as Whina Josephine Te Wake. She was married to William Cooper and Richard Gilbert. She died on March 26, 1994 in Hokianga, New Zealand.
80. Bill Cotton
Producer | Play Your Hunch
Bill Cotton was born on April 23, 1928 in Paddington, London, England as William Frederick Cotton. He was a producer and director, known for Play Your Hunch (1961), Searching (1995) and The Wakey Wakey Tavern (1956). He was married to Kathryn (Kate) Mary Burgess, Ann Corfield Henderson and ...
88. Hector Crawford
Producer | Fortress
Hector Crawford was born on August 14, 1913 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Hector William Crawford. He was a producer, known for Fortress (1985), Cop Shop (1977) and All the Rivers Run (1983). He was married to Glenda Raymond and Edna Marie Stock. He died on March 11, 1991 in Kew, ...
91. Jonathan Cope
Covent Garden, London, England
93. Peter Cheeseman
Producer | Jock on the Go
Peter Cheeseman was born on January 27, 1932 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He is known for his work on Jock on the Go (1967), Armchair Theatre (1956) and Second City Firsts (1973). He was married to Romy Saunders and Joyce Holliday. He died on April 27, 2010 in London, England.
97. Joan Cross
Actress | The Beggar's Opera
Joan Cross was born on September 7, 1900 in London, England. She was an actress and writer, known for The Beggar's Opera (1953), NET Opera Theater (1967) and The Case of 'The Smiling Widow' (1957). She died on December 12, 1993 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England.