Female MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire) Recipients List

by Sylviastel | created - 24 Jun 2018 | updated - 09 Jul 2018 | Public

1. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

2. Roma Agrawal

Self | Mysteries of the Abandoned

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Engineering. She is the Associate Director for AECOM>.

3. Felicity Aston

Self | Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow

Felicity Aston was born as Felicity Ann Dawn Aston.

4. 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), Playdays (1988) and An Evening with Pam Ayres (1983). She is married to Dudley Russell. They have two children.

5. Joyce Adeluwoye

Producer | Make My Day

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Diversity in the Media. She is the former head of Diversity for PACT and lives in London N16, England.

6. 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.

7. Pippa Ailion

Casting_director | Rocketman

Pippa Ailion was born as Philipa Ann Ailion. She is known for her work on Rocketman (2019), Billy Elliot (2014) and Frankie Starlight (1995).

8. Vera Atkins

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

9. 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 Sunday Programme (1994). She has been married to Colin Brown since 1990. They have one child. She was previously married to Shiraz Alibhai.

10. 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.

11. 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 Television Theater (1953). She was married to Julius Goldstein and Ronald George Brown. She died on January 4, 2004 in ...

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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).

15. Michele Attfield

Self | Dansaren

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

16. Angela Allen

Script_department | Lost in Space

Angela Allen was born on February 12, 1929 in Maida Vale, London, England as Angela Jean Allen. She is known for her work on Lost in Space (1998), Reindeer Games (2000) and Ronin (1998).

17. Nicola Adams

Actress | Waterloo Road

Nicola Adams was born on October 26, 1982 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for Waterloo Road (2006), The Pete & Joe Fitness Show and Commonwealth Games (1954).

18. April Ashley

Actress | Human

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...

19. Kay Alexander

Self | Midlands Today

Kay Alexander was born as Katherine Alexander. She is married to Conway.

20. Rachel Anderson

Gray Matter

Rachel Anderson was born as Rachel Paula Anderson. She is known for her work on Gray Matter (2018), Loose Women (1999) and Breakfast (2000).

21. Giselle Ansley

Self | Commonwealth Games

Giselle Ansley was born on March 31, 1992 in Kingsbridge, Devon, England as Giselle Anne Ansley.

22. Katie Archibald

Self | Commonwealth Games

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Cycling in Edinburgh, Scotland.

23. Adele

Soundtrack | Skyfall

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born May 5, 1988) is a British singer-songwriter who has sold millions of albums worldwide and won a total of 15 Grammys as well as an Oscar. Adele's first two albums, 19 and 21, earned her critical praise and a level of commercial success unsurpassed among her peers. ...

24. Biddy Baxter

Producer | Blue Peter

Biddy Baxter was born on May 25, 1933 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Joan Maureen Baxter. She is a producer and editor, known for Blue Peter (1958), Blue Peter Flies the World (1971) and Going Live! (1987). She was previously married to John Hosier.

25. Babs Beverley

Self | Close-Up

Babs Beverley was born on May 5, 1927 in Bethnal Green, London, England as Babette Patricia Chinery. She was married to James Mitchell. She died on October 28, 2018 in Brighton, East Sussex, England.

26. 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).

27. Eleri Butler

Script_department | Jonah's Quids

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.

28. 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.

29. Lara Bohinc

Actress | Remington

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

30. 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).

31. Raelene Boyle

Self | Enough Rope with Andrew Denton

Raelene Boyle was born as Raelene Ann Boyle.

32. 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 ...

33. 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, "...

34. Teddie Beverley

Self | Close-Up

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

35. 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 ...

37. Joy Beverley

Self | Chan Canasta

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.

38. 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).

39. Louise Bennett

Actress | Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro

She received her education from Ebenezer and Calabar Elementary Schools, St. Simon's College, Excelsior College, Friends College (Highgate).

Her contribution to Jamaican cultural life was such that she was honored with the M.B.E., the Norman Manley Award for Excellence (in the field of Arts), the ...

For Jamaican culture and Art in 1961.

40. Michaela Breeze

Self | A Question of Sport

Michaela Breeze was born as Michaela Alica Breeze.

41. 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.

42. Gillian Bowden

Director | Amora's Tale

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

43. Nicola Benedetti

Music_department | Eastern Promises

Nicola Benedetti was born in July 1987 in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

44. Laura Bechtolsheimer

Self | London 2012 Olympics

Laura Bechtolsheimer was born on January 31, 1985 in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. She has been married to Mark Tomlinson since March 2, 2013. They have one child.

45. Lily van den Broecke

Self | BBC Proms

Lily van den Broecke was born as Lily Jacoba Van Den Broecke.

46. Rosemary Butcher

Actress | North and South

Rosemary Butcher is known for her work on North and South (1966), Pig in a Poke (1977) and Mr. John Jorrocks (1966).

47. Rikki Beadle Blair

Director | KickOff

Rikki Beadle Blair is a director and writer, known for KickOff (2011), Fit (2010) and Stonewall (1995).

48. Carol Brady

Self | ITV Lunchtime News

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to consumers and better regulations. She is the Chair of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Board and lives in Swadlincote, Derybshire, England.

49. Elinor Barker

Self | Granada Reports

Elinor Barker was born as Elinor Jane Barker.

50. Debra Bourne

Self | Skin

Debra Bourne was born as Debra Lysette Bourne. She is married to Rosen.

51. Sophie Bray

Self | Commonwealth Games

Sophie Bray was born on May 12, 1990 as Sophie Charlotte Bray.

52. Claire Breay

Self | Clarissa & the King's Cookbook

Claire Breay was born as Mary Claire Breay.

53. Karen Bryson

Actress | Shameless

Karen Bryson is an actress and producer, known for Shameless (2004), MotherFatherSon (2019) and Safe (2018). She has been married to Chris McMahon since April 29, 2011.

54. Elizabeth Burton-Phillips

Self | The Big Questions

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to People who experience Drug Addiction and their Families. She is the Founder of DrugFAM in Twyford, Berkshire, England.

55. Anne Boden

Self | Future Banking

Anne Boden was born as Anne Elizabeth Boden.

56. Patricia Cumper

Self | BBC London News

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Black British Theatre. She is the playwright and Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company.

57. Hannah Cockroft

Self | The Crystal Maze

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Athletics. She is an athlete.

58. Lisa Curry-Kenny

Self | Home and Away

Lisa Curry-Kenny was born as Lisa Gaye Curry. She has been married to Mark Tabone since May 11, 2018. She was previously married to Grant Kenny.

59. 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 Monkey Business (1997). She was previously married to Jim Cronin.

60. Helen Crummy

Self | Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image

Helen Crummy was born on May 20, 1920 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was an actress, known for Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image (2006). She was married to Larry Crummy. She died on July 11, 2011 in Edinburgh.

61. Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Self | Wimbledon '80

Evonne Goolagong Cawley was born on July 31, 1951 in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia as Evonne Fay Goolagong. She has been married to Cawley, Roger since 1975. They have two children.

62. 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.

63. Maria Costello

Producer | The MIR Chronicles: A Life in Space

Northamptonshire, England

64. Shirley Collins

Self | The British Masters

Shirley Collins was born in 1936 in Barnet, Middlesex, England as Shirley E. Allder.

65. Sally Clarke

Self | Masterchef

Sally Clarke was born as Sally Vanessa Clarke.

66. Lauren Child

Writer | Charlie and Lola

Lauren Child is a writer and producer, known for Charlie and Lola (2005), Ana Cheri's Booty Boot Camp (2017) and Popsugar Now (2014).

67. Clare Connor

Self | Today at the Test

Clare Connor was born on September 1, 1976 in Brighton, Sussex, England as Clare Joanne Connor.

68. Nicole Cooke

Writer | The Breakaway

Nicole Cooke was born on April 13, 1983 in Swansea, Wales. She is a writer, known for The Breakaway, A Question of Sport (1970) and They Think It's All Over (1995).

70. Heather Child

Actress | Open House

Heather Child is an actress and production manager, known for Open House (2010), Intuition (2011) and Little Mermaid (2016).

71. Shauna Coxsey

Self | Paris La Nuit

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Climbing. She is a Champion Climber in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

72. Jody Cundy

Self | Celebrity Eggheads

Jody Cundy was born as Jody Alan Cundy.

73. Karen Carney

Self | Women's International Football

Karen Carney was born as Karen Julia Carney.

74. Claire Cashmore

Self | The Last Leg

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Swimming in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England.

75. Edith Cavell

Writer | Nurse and Martyr

Has a mountain named after her in the Canadian Rockies, at Jasper, Alberta, Canada in Jasper National Park.

76. Tanya Castell

Self | Inspiring Women Leaders

Tanya Castell was born as Tanya Catherine Castell.

77. Jeannette Chippington

Self | South at Six

Jeannette Chippington was born as Jeannette Clare. She is married to Chippington.

78. Saskia Clark

Self | London 2012 Olympics

Saskia Clark was born on August 23, 1979 in Colchester, Essex, England.

79. Sharon D. Clarke

Actress | Rocketman

Sharon D. Clarke was born in 1966 in England as Sharon Deon Clarke. She is an actress, known for Rocketman (2019), Holby City (1999) and Tau (2018). She has been married to Susie McKenna since June 15, 2008.

80. Elizabeth Clegg

Going for Gold

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Athletics and Charity in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.

81. Kadeena Cox

Self | Robot Wars

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Athletics in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

82. Betty Callaway

Self | Dancing on Ice: The Story of Bolero with Torvill and Dean

Betty Callaway was born on March 22, 1928 in Reading, Berkshire, England as Betty Daphne Roberts. She died on June 27, 2011 in Seer Green, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England.

1984 MBE.

83. Eliza Carthy

Music_department | Tulip Fever

Eliza Carthy is known for her work on Tulip Fever (2017), Are You Dave Gorman? (2001) and Important Astrology Experiment (2002).

84. Kenna Campbell

Actress | Para Handy - Master Mariner

Kenna Campbell is an actress, known for Para Handy - Master Mariner (1959), Studio E (1955) and The Deal (2003). She is married to Kennedy.

85. Angela Cobbin

Make_up_department | Saint-Ex

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the Theatre and to the community in Clapham, London, England. She is a theatrical wig designer in London, England.

86. Kate Clanchy

Self | How to Write

She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Literature. She is a poet in Oxfordshire, England.

87. Hilary Cox

Self | The Rob Brydon Show

Hilary Cox was born as Hilary Susan.

88. Kate Cross

Actress | City Central

Kate Cross is an actress, known for City Central (1998), Heartbeat (1992) and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996).

89. Jo Collins

Actress | Gigglebiz

Jo Collins is an actress, known for Gigglebiz (2009).

90. Candy Devine

Actress | All Dogs Go to Heaven

Candy Devine was born on September 4, 1956 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Faye Ann Devine. She is an actress, known for All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), Skippy (1968) and Theatre 625 (1964). She is married to McLeod.

91. Iestyn Davies

Music_department | Kingdom of Heaven

Iestyn Davies is known for his work on Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006) and BBC Proms (2009).

92. Sharron Davies

Actress | The Optimist

Sharron Davies was born on November 1, 1962 in Plymouth, Devon, England. She is an actress, known for The Optimist (1983), 3-2-1 (1978) and Commonwealth Games (1954). She has been married to Tony Kingston since 2002. They have one child. She was previously married to Derek Redmond and John Crisp.

93. Natasha Devon

Self | Ladies Talk

Natasha Devon was born as Natasha Jade Devon.

94. Morag Deyes

Actress | I Fro Breuddwydion

Morag Deyes is an actress, known for I Fro Breuddwydion (1987).

95. Joyce Deans

Actress | The Girl in the Picture

Joyce Deans was born as Joyce Blair. She is an actress, known for The Girl in the Picture (1985) and High Road (1980). She is married to Deans.

96. Torin Douglas

Self | Six O'Clock News

Torin Douglas was born as Torin Stuart Douglas.

97. Eileen Derbyshire

Actress | Coronation Street

Eileen Derbyshire was born on October 6, 1930 in Urmston, Manchester, England. She is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), All Star Comedy Carnival (1969) and This Is Your Life (1955). She has been married to Thomas Holt since April 1, 1965. They have one child.

98. Elizabeth Dawn

Actress | Coronation Street

Sylvia Butterfield MBE, known professionally as Elizabeth Dawn or Liz Dawn, is an English actress, best known for her role as Vera Duckworth in the long-running British soap opera, Coronation Street. First starting on the serial in 1974, she had more of a recurring role as a factory worker until ...

99. Betty Driver

Actress | Coronation Street

Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Driver, MBE was a British actress and singer, best known for her role as Betty Williams (previously Betty Turpin) on the British soap opera, Coronation Street (1960) from 1969 to 2011, appearing in more than 2,800 episodes.

She had previously appeared as Mrs Edgley in ...

100. Margot Davies

Actress | St. Patrick's Day

Margot Davies was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada as Margaret Rhys Davies. She was an actress, known for St. Patrick's Day (1938) and St. Simeon Stylites (1938). She died on May 20, 1972.



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