Members (Members of the Order of the British Empire)

by Syl | created - 29 Dec 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Recipients of the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) past and present.

1. Viv Anderson

Self | I Believe in Miracles

Viv Anderson was born on August 29, 1956 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Vivian Alexander Anderson.

2. April Ashley

Self | I Am a Woman Now

April Ashley was born a boy in 1935 and christened George Jamieson. His father was a sailor in the British Royal Navy during WWII with an affinity for drink who sired 10 children in quick succession. George(April) was frail, with a calcium deficiency and refused to eat most food or drink his school...

3. Pam Ayres

Actress | The Main Attraction

Pam Ayres was born on March 14, 1947 in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire, England. She is an actress and writer, known for The Main Attraction (1983), The Black and White Minstrel Show (1958) and Playbus (1988). She is married to Dudley Russell. They have two children.

4. Sarah Ayton

Self | Pointless Celebrities

Sarah Ayton was born on April 9, 1980 in Ashford, Middlesex, England as Sarah Lianne Ayton. She has been married to Nick Dempsey since October 2008. They have two children.

5. Vera Atkins

Vera Atkins was born on June 15, 1908 in Galatz, Romania. She died on June 24, 2000 in Hastings, East Sussex, England.

6. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Actress | A Lesson

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was born on December 10, 1949 in Uganda as Yasmin Damji. She is an actress, known for A Lesson, The Sundays (1998) and The Most Evil Men and Women in History (2001). She has been married to Colin Brown since 1990. They have one child. She was previously married to Shiraz ...

7. Wendy Austin

Actress | Tales of the Unexpected

Wendy Austin was born as Wendy Elizabeth Austin. She is an actress, known for Tales of the Unexpected (1979) and Breakfast (2000). She is married to Hewitt.

8. Joan Aiken

Writer | Night Gallery

Joan Aiken was born on September 4, 1924 in Rye, Sussex, England as Joan Delano Aiken. She was a writer, known for Night Gallery (1969), Mort un dimanche de pluie (1986) and Teatr telewizji (1953). She was married to Julius Goldstein and Ronald George Brown. She died on January 4, 2004 in Petworth,...

9. Joan Armatrading

Soundtrack | 10 Things I Hate About You

Joan Armatrading was born on December 9, 1950 in Basseterre, St. Kitts, British West Indies as Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading.

10. Kate Atkinson

Writer | The Catch

Kate Atkinson was born in 1951 in Yorkshire, England. She is a writer and producer, known for The Catch (2016), Case Histories (2011) and Life After Life.

11. Lea Anderson

Velvet Goldmine

Lea Anderson was born as Lea Elizabeth Anderson. She is known for her work on Velvet Goldmine (1998), Leading with the Right (2000) and Cross Channel (1992).

12. Michele Attfield

Self | Dansaren

Michele Attfield was born as Michele Elise. She is married to Attfield.

13. Angela Allen

Lost in Space

Angela Allen was born in 1929 in England. She is known for her work on Lost in Space (1998), Ronin (1998) and Reindeer Games (2000).

14. Aly Bain

Soundtrack | Wrongfully Accused

Aly Bain was born in 1946 in Lerwick, Scotland. He is an actor, known for Wrongfully Accused (1998), Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (2000) and Passing Places (1973).

15. Alfred Bestall

Writer | Jackanory

Alfred Bestall was born on December 14, 1892 in Mandalay, Burma as Alfred Edmeades Bestall. He was a writer, known for Jackanory (1965) and The Rupert Bear Story: A Tribute to Alfred Bestall (1982). He died on January 15, 1986 in Penlan, Wales.

16. Alan Ball

Self | Till Death Us Do Part

Alan Ball was born on May 12, 1945 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England as Alan James Ball. He was married to Janet Lesley Newton. He died on April 25, 2007 in Warsash, Hampshire, England.

17. Acker Bilk

Soundtrack | There's Something About Mary

Acker Bilk was born on January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England as Bernard Stanley Bilk. He was married to Jean Hawkins. He died on November 2, 2014 in Bath, Somerset.

19. Brian Barron

Actor | The World Without US

Brian Barron was born on April 28, 1940 in Bristol, England as Brian Munro Barron. He was an actor, known for The World Without US (2008) and Newsnight (1980). He was married to Angela Lee. He died on September 16, 2009 in Cornwall, England.

20. Barry Briggs

Self | This Is Your Life

Barry Briggs is an actor, known for This Is Your Life (1955).

21. Brendon Batson

Self | Midlands Today

Brendon Batson was born on February 1, 1953 in Grenada.

22. Biddy Baxter

Editor | Blue Peter

Biddy Baxter was born on May 25, 1933 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Joan Maureen Baxter. She is an editor and producer, known for Blue Peter (1958), Going Live! (1987) and Mark Lawson Talks to... (2003). She was previously married to John Hosier.

23. Babs Beverley

Self | Close-Up

Babs Beverley was born on May 5, 1927 in Bethnal Green, London, England as Babette Beverley. She has been married to James Mitchell since 1960.

24. Colin Boyne

Self | A Very English Genius

Colin Boyne was born as Colin Michael Boyne.

25. Derek Bell

Transportation_department | Le Mans

Derek Bell was born on October 31, 1941 in Pinner, Middlesex, England as Derek Reginald Bell. He is known for his work on Le Mans (1971), Formula 1 (1950) and Starshot (1987).

26. Derek Bell

Soundtrack | Barry Lyndon

Derek Bell was born on October 21, 1935 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as George Derek Fleetwood Bell. He was married to Stephanie Bell. He died on October 15, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

28. Dickie Bird

Actor | Heartbeat

Dickie Bird was born on April 19, 1933 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England as Harold Dennis Bird. He is an actor, known for Heartbeat (1992), Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) and BBC TV Cricket (1938).

29. Donnie Burns

Self | Ballroom Dancing: The International Championships

Donnie Burns was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He has been married to Heidi Groskreutz-Burns since 2008. He was previously married to Nicole Burns-Hansen.

30. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

Granddaughter of Major General Peter Blunt CB, MBE, GM, FCIT (died in 2003).

31. Eleri Butler

Producer | Fear at 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess of Suspiria

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to battling Domestic Violence Against Women.

32. Eric Bristow

Actor | Heartlands

Eric Bristow was born on April 27, 1957 in Hackney, London, England as Eric John Bristow. He was an actor, known for Heartlands (2002), House of Flying Arrows (2016) and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! (2002). He was married to Jane Higginbotham. He died on April 5, 2018 in Liverpool, ...

33. Errol Brown

Soundtrack | Dude, Where's My Car?

Errol Brown was born on November 12, 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica as Lester Errol Brown. He was married to Ginette. He died on May 6, 2015 in the Bahamas.

34. E.F. Benson

Writer | Three Dangerous Ladies

Born the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, E.F. Benson was a prolific writer of novels, ghost stories and biographies. Best known for the delightful '"Mapp & Lucia"' tales of two genteel ladies and their battles for social status.

35. Elisabeth Beresford

Writer | The Adventures of Dawdle the Donkey

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1998 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to children's literature.

36. Lara Bohinc

Actress | Remington

Lara Bohinc is an actress, known for Remington (1988).

37. John Blakeley

Art_department | Reign of Fire

John Blakeley is an internationally renowned sculptor. After studying illustration at Blackpool Art College, he went on to study sculpture at The City and Guilds of London Art School, anatomy at The Royal Academy and life drawing at St Martins School of Art. He won coveted scholarships to the ...

38. Jean Breeze

Writer | Screen Two

Jean Breeze was born as Jean Binta Breeze. She is a writer, known for Screen Two (1985) and OnePeople: The Celebration (2012).

39. Jonathan Betts


Jonathan Betts is known for his work on BFFs (2016), Longitude (2000) and Horizon (1964).

40. Hogan 'Kid' Bassey

Self | The Heart of a Man

Hogan 'Kid' Bassey was born on June 3, 1932 in Creek Town, Calabar, Nigeria. He was married to Mary Madgalene and Maria Williams. He died on January 26, 1998 in Lagos, Nigeria.

41. Ian Bell

Self | A Question of Sport

Ian Bell was born on April 11, 1982 in Coventry, West Midlands, England as Ian Ronald Bell.

43. Peter Beardsley

Self | The Shouting Men

Peter Beardsley was born on January 18, 1961 in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England as Peter Andrew Beardsley.

45. Peter Beckley

Tales of the Unexpected

He and his wife, Diana, are members of the Norfolk Beekeepers Association in England.

46. Raelene Boyle

Self | Enough Rope with Andrew Denton

Raelene Boyle was born as Raelene Ann Boyle.

47. Richard Burnett

Actor | Miss Julie

Richard Burnett was born in 1923. He was an actor, known for Miss Julie (1999) and Ed (2000). He died on December 15, 2006.

48. Roy Barraclough

Actor | Funland

Roy Barraclough began his career as a draughtsman, taking time off to work as an entertainer in a holiday camp on the Isle of Wight. Combining his day job with local amateur theatre for several years, he was eventually offered a full-time acting contract by repertory theatre producer Nita Valerie ...

49. Roger Black

Self | Stars in Their Eyes

Roger Black was born on March 31, 1966 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He is married to Julia Burgess. They have two children. He was previously married to Elsa de Vassoigne.

50. R.S.M. Brittain

Actor | The Inspector

R.S.M. Brittain was born on September 12, 1899 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England as Ronald Brittain. He is known for his work on Lisa (1962), Concrete Jungle (1960) and The Amorous Mr. Prawn (1962). He died on January 9, 1981 in Chester, Cheshire, England.

51. Sue Barker

Actress | Mike Bassett: England Manager

Began her career as a professional tennis player when she moved to the USA in 1973. In 1976 she won the French Open Championship, her only Grand Slam title. However, following recurring injuries and loss of form, she retired in 1985, and after a short hiatus began her broadcasting career in ...

52. Steve Backley

Self | A Question of Sport

Steve Backley was born on February 12, 1969 in Sidcup, Kent, England as Stephen James Backley.

53. Stephen Bull

Self | Masterchef

Cannock, Staffordshire, England, UK

54. The Beverley Sisters

Soundtrack | Man of the Moment

The Beverley Sisters were originally knows as The Chinnery Sisters, singing in their spare time, between secretarial work. They were talent spotted in 1945, and re-named the Beverley Sisters, before appearing on BBC Radio programmes like "Variety Bandbox". Their first film was a 1947 Pathé short, "...

55. Tommy Boyd

Actor | Wacaday

Tommy Boyd was born on December 14, 1952 in Syon Park, Middlesex, England as Timothy Leslie Boyd. He is an actor, known for Wacaday (1985), Jigsaw (1979) and The Bill (1984).

56. Trevor Brooking

Actor | The Little and Large Show

Trevor Brooking was born on October 2, 1948 in Barking, London, England as Trevor David Brooking. He is an actor, known for The Little and Large Show (1978), Match of the Day (1964) and Football World Cup (1954).

57. Tony Bywater

Actor | Who, Sir? Me, Sir?

Tony Bywater was born in 1942 in England as Anthony Thomas Bywater. He is an actor, known for Who, Sir? Me, Sir? (1985).

58. The Beatles

Soundtrack | The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas...

59. Teddie Beverley

Self | Close-Up

Teddie Beverley was born on May 5, 1927 in Bethnal Green, London, England.

60. June Brown

Actress | EastEnders

June Brown served in the Wrens and was classically trained at the Old Vic Drama School. She has enjoyed a long career in the theatre, television and the cinema. The actor Nigel Hawthorne described her as "one of the most beautiful creatures I've seen on stage" after seeing her performance as ...

61. James Bolam

Actor | The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

James Bolam was born on June 16, 1935 in Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England. He is known for his work on The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), When the Boat Comes In (1976) and The Likely Lads (1976). He is married to Susan Jameson. They have one child.

62. Johnny Briggs

Actor | Coronation Street

Born in South London on Sept 5, 1935, to Ernest and Rose Briggs, Johnny had a younger sister, Barbara, who died in 1955 at age 15. As a boy, he sang soprano in a church choir and during World War II he was evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Back in London he won a scholarship, at ...

63. Jonah Barrington

Self | Band Waggon

Jonah Barrington was born on August 20, 1904 in London, England as Cyril C. Dalmaine. He died on September 21, 1986 in Sussex, England.

64. John Bolster

Actor | The Dickie Henderson Show

John Bolster is an actor, known for The Dickie Henderson Show (1960) and The Fast Lady (1962).

66. Jeremy Black

Monarchy with David Starkey

Jeremy Black was born on October 30, 1955 in England as Jeremy Martin Black. He is known for his work on Monarchy with David Starkey (2004), Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the German Dams (2011) and Castles: Britain's Fortified History (2014).

67. John Bird

Famous, Rich and Homeless

John Bird was born in 1946 in Notting Hill, London, England. He is known for his work on Famous, Rich and Homeless (2016), Famous, Rich & Homeless (2009) and Meet the Lords (2017).

69. John Beavis

Actor | The Forsyte Saga

John Beavis was born as John William Beavis. He is an actor, known for The Forsyte Saga (1967), Biggles (1960) and Resurrection (1968).

70. Vivian Bullwinkel Statham

Paradise Road

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1973 Queen's New Years Honors List for her services to Nursing.

71. John Byrne

Writer | Tutti Frutti

John Byrne was born to an Irish Catholic family in Paisley, Renfrewshire. He grew up in the Ferguslie Park housing scheme and was educated at the town's St Mirin's Academy before attending Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963. Byrne has received three Honorary Doctorates: in 1997 he was ...

72. Jenson Button

Self | Formula 1

Jenson Button was born on January 19, 1980 in Frome, Somerset, England as Jenson Alexander Lyons Button. He is an actor, known for Formula 1 (1950), Formula 1: BBC Sport (2009) and The Gentleman's Wager II (2015).

73. John Barnes

Self | Bend It Like Beckham

John Barnes was born on November 7, 1963 in Kingston, Jamaica as John Charles Bryan Barnes. He is an actor, known for Bend It Like Beckham (2002), The Real McCoy (1991) and Sami YNWA (2017). He has been married to Andrea since December 2006. They have two children. He was previously married to Suzy.

74. John Blashford-Snell

Actor | Jackanory

John Blashford-Snell was born on October 22, 1936 in Hereford, England as John Nicholas Blashford-Snell. He is an actor, known for Jackanory (1965), You Bet! (1988) and This Is Your Life (1955). He has been married to Judith Frances Sherman since August 27, 1960. They have two children.

75. Jeremy Beadle

Producer | Hot Shots

Jeremy Beadle was born on April 12, 1948 in Hackney, London, England as Jeremy James Anthony Gibson Beadle. He was a writer and producer, known for Hot Shots (1994), Eureka (1981) and Beadle's About (1986). He was married to Susan (Sue) Maria Marshall. He died on January 30, 2008 in Westminster, ...

77. Joe Brown

Actor | Three Hats for Lisa

Joe Brown was born on May 13, 1941 in Swarby, Lincolnshire, England as Joseph Roger Brown. He is known for his work on Three Hats for Lisa (1965), Doing Time (1979) and Mona Lisa (1986). He was previously married to Vicki Brown.

78. Joy Beverley

Self | Looks Familiar

Joy Beverley was born on May 5, 1924 in Bethnal Green, London, England as Joycelyn Chinery. She was married to Billy Wright and Roger Carocari. She died on August 31, 2015 in London.

79. Kenny Baker

Music_department | The Small Back Room

Kenny Baker was born on March 1, 1921 in Withernsea, Yorkshire, England. He is known for his work on Hour of Glory (1949), Touch and Go (1955) and Two Left Feet (1965). He died on December 7, 1999 in Felpham, West Sussex, England.

80. Kyran Bracken

Self | 100 Streets

Kyran Bracken was born on November 22, 1971 in Dublin, Ireland.

81. Kuljit Bhamra

Music_department | The Guru

Kuljit Bhamra is known for his work on The Guru (2002), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Tear Me Apart (2015).

82. Luella Bartley

Costume_designer | Fashiontrance

Luella Bartley was born in 1974 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England as Luella Dayrell Bartley. She is a costume designer, known for Fashiontrance (2002) and British Style Genius (2008).

83. Louise Bennett

Actress | Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro

Louise Bennett was born on September 7, 1919 in Kingston, Jamaica as Louise Simone Bennett. She was an actress, known for Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro (1981), Calypso (1958) and Club Paradise (1986). She was married to Eric Winston Coverley. She died on July 26, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, ...

For Jamaican culture and Art in 1961.

84. Logan Brewer

Producer | Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1990 for his services to film and television.

85. Michaela Breeze

Self | A Question of Sport

Michaela Breeze was born as Michaela Alica Breeze.

86. Molly Badham

The Revenge of Frankenstein

Molly Badham was born on May 18, 1914 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England as Molly Winifred Badham. She is known for her work on The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958). She died on October 19, 2007 in Twycross, Leicestershire, England.

87. Michael Ball

Actor | Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary

Michael Ball has enjoyed a very successful and varied career over the last 20 years, both in the West End and on the Concert Stage, working with some of the 20th century's most prolific musical theatre composers.

After graduating from the Guildford School of Acting, his professional debut was in "...

Son of Tony Ball MBE.

88. Max Boyce

Actor | To the North of Katmandu

Max Boyce was born on September 27, 1943 in Glynneath, South Wales, UK. He is a writer and actor, known for To the North of Katmandu (1986), World Cup Journey (2007) and Poems and Pints (1972).

89. Norman Barrett

Actor | Our House

Norman Barrett was born in 1936 in England. He is an actor, known for Our House (1996), The Good Old Days (1953) and David Nixon's Magic Box (1970).

90. Frith Banbury

Director | Theatre Night

Frith Banbury was born on May 4, 1912 in Plymouth, Devon, England as Frederick Harold Frith Banbury. He was an actor and director, known for Theatre Night (1957), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and ITV Television Playhouse (1955). He died on May 14, 2008 in London, England.

91. Frank Bruno

Actor | Family Fortunes

Frank Bruno was born on November 16, 1961 in Hammersmith, London, England as Franklyn Roy Bruno. He is an actor, known for Family Fortunes (1980), The Calcium Kid (2004) and Cass (2008). He was previously married to Laura Mooney.

92. Gary Brooker

Soundtrack | Oblivion

Gary Brooker was born on May 29, 1945 in Southend, Essex, England. He has been married to Françoise Riedo since July 13, 1968.

93. Gillian Bowden

Director | Amora's Tale

Gillian Bowden is a director and actor, known for Amora's Tale (2005).

94. Graeme Bell

Self | Celebrity Tattle Tales

Graeme Bell was born on September 7, 1914 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia as Graeme Emerson Bell. He was married to Dorothy Gough, Elizabeth Watson and Margot Bliss. He died on June 13, 2012 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

95. Alistair Cook

Self | BT Sport Cricket

Alistair Cook was born on December 25, 1984 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England as Alastair Nathan Cook.

96. Alison Cronin

Monkey Life

Alison Cronin was born as Alison Ames. She is known for her work on Monkey Life (2007), The Wheel of Life (2012) and Animals in Love (2015). She was previously married to Jim Cronin.

97. Brian Crosby

Writer | Royal Canadian Air Farce

Brian Crosby is a writer and actor, known for Royal Canadian Air Farce (1993), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992) and Distinguished Artists (2004).

98. Bob Champion

Writer | Champions

Bob Champion was born on June 4, 1948 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. He is known for his work on Champions (1984), 3-2-1 (1978) and Gladiators (1992).

99. Hussein Chalayan

Director | Anaesthetics

Hussein Chalayan is a director, known for Anaesthetics (2004), Absent Presence (2005) and Fashion! (2012).