Celebrated actress Dame Vanessa Redgrave and Conservative former Secretary of State Dame Andrea Leadsom are honored at Buckingham Palace.
Dame Vanessa is honored for services to drama while Dame Andrea is honored for her political service.
Dame Vanessa, 85, has been nominated for six Academy Awards over the course of her career and won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Juliet, in which she starred opposite Jane Fonda.
When it was announced that she would be made a Dame in the New Year Honours, she said she was “surprised and grateful to be joining this wonderful group of British artists whose work has inspired me and audiences around the world”.
Alongside her acting career, she has also been a tireless campaigner for a range of causes, including calling for better support for the cultural sector and taking part in protests in 2020 against plans to lay off jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dame Andrea, MP for South Northamptonshire, entered Parliament in 2010 after a 25-year career in banking and finance.
The former Business Secretary, a prominent Brexiteer, resigned as leader of the House of Commons in 2019 amid backlash over former Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
Dame Andrea said she was “deeply honored” when her motherhood was announced last June, adding: “It is an immense privilege to be recognized for services to politics.”
Also honored on Thursday are Royal Protection Officer Sergeant Emma Probert, who guarded the Princess of Wales, and Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, who, among other things, oversaw the dishes served at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception.
Sergeant Emma Probert was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order for Services to Kings and Specialists, while Mr Flanagan was made a Lieutenant in the Royal Victorian Order for his role as Assistant to the Master of Household in Hospitality and as Chef in the Royal Household.