Female Officers of the Order of the British Empire Recipientsby Sylviastel | created - 01 Jul 2018 | updated - 29 Dec 2018 | Public
Actress | Road to Rio (BBC News)
Rebecca Adlington was born on February 17, 1989 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. She is an actress, known for Road to Rio (BBC News) (2016), Commonwealth Games (1954) and The Boat Race (1938). She has been married to Harry Needs since September 7, 2014. They have one child.
6. Dora Bryan
Actress | A Taste of Honey
Dora Bryan was born on February 7, 1923 in Parbold, Lancashire, England as Dora May Broadbent. She was an actress, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), The Fallen Idol (1948) and Last of the Summer Wine (1973). She was married to Bill Lawton. She died on July 23, 2014 in Hove, East Sussex, England.
7. Susie Amy
Actress | Bonded by Blood
Susie Amy was born in London in 1981, and brought up in Surrey. Although she always studied drama, she went to academic schools all her life. An agent spotted her in 1999 when she was doing a play at the National Theatre in London - 'After Juliet' by Sharman McDonald. Over the next two years she ...
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Actress | Pride & Prejudice
After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved.
Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving ...
10. 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. ...
11. Betty E. Box
Soundtrack | Benji
British producer Betty Box started out as a commercial artist. Her brother Sydney Box was a documentary filmmaker, and during World War II he asked Betty to join him at Verity Films. She took to it like a fish to water, and by the time the war ended she was in charge of almost a dozen documentary ...
12. Ita Buttrose
Actress | The Bold and the Beautiful
One of Australia's leading media personalities, Ita Buttrose was the founding editor of Cleo magazine. She was also editor of The Australian Women's Weekly, Editor in Chief of the Sydney Daily Telegraph & Sydney Sunday Telegraph and the Sun-Herald in Sydney and editor and founder of ITA Magazine. ...
13. 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.
15. June Bronhill
Actress | Gay Operetta
June Bronhill was born on June 26, 1929 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia as June Mary Gough. She was an actress, known for Gay Operetta (1959), The Merry Widow (1958) and Orpheus in the Underworld (1961). She was married to Richard Milburne Champion de Crespigny Finny and Brian Martin. ...
Writer | The Light at the Edge of the World
Rachel Billington was born on May 11, 1942 as Rachel Mary Pakenham. She is a writer, known for The Light at the Edge of the World (1971), Play for Today (1970) and Look Where You're Going (1969). She has been married to Kevin Billington since 1967. They have four children.
20. Miss Bluebell
Margaret Kelly was born on June 24, 1910 in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital. Her parents left her as a baby with Mary Murphy, a spinster nurse, saying that they would be back for her in three months. They never returned; and Mary Murphy, already caring for two sisters and a brother, moved with her to ...
Producer | Man Alive
Jenny Barraclough was born as Jennifer Ann. She is a producer and director, known for Man Alive (1965), The Making of Gandhi: Mr. Attenborough and Mr. Gandhi (1983) and Fragile Lives: Immunization at Risk (2004).
26. Floella Benjamin
Actress | Run Fatboy Run
One of the most famous presenters of Play School (1964) she has recently devoted her life to charity work. As well as sitting on the Board of Governors of Britain's National Film & Television School, she was awarded the OBE by the Queen for services to broadcasting and charity in 2001.
As of 28th ...
27. Barbara Broccoli
Producer | Skyfall
She is one of the entertainment industry's most successful female producers. Barbara Broccoli was born to legendary filmmaker Albert R. Broccoli, affectionately known as Cubby, and Dana Broccoli on June 18, 1960. Not long after, Cubby Broccoli and his new partner, Harry Saltzman, secured studio ...
28. Violet Carson
Actress | Coronation Street
Violet Carson was born on September 1, 1898 in German Street, Ancoats, Manchester, England as Violet Helen Carson. She was an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), An Age of Kings (1960) and Hilda Lessways (1959). She was married to George Frederick Peploe. She died on December 26, 1983 in ...
29. Annette Crosbie
Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television ...
30. Gurinder Chadha
Writer | Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 2001, Chadha set up her own...
31. Pauline Collins
Actress | Shirley Valentine
Pauline Collins, OBE, came to prominence with portraying Sarah Moffat in BBC's Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) and its spin-off Thomas and Sarah (1979) during the 1970s. After having played the title-role in the play "Shirley Valentine" for which she earned Laurence Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk awards...
32. Jilly Cooper
Writer | Comedy Playhouse
Jilly Cooper was born on February 21, 1937 in Hornchurch, Essex, England as Jilly Sallitt. She is a writer and actress, known for Comedy Playhouse (1961), It's Awfully Bad for Your Eyes, Darling (1971) and Romance (1977). She was previously married to Leo Cooper.
36. Anita Cormac
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Special Education. She was the executive director for Focus on Food Caompaign and Co-Director for Design Dimension Educational Trust.
40. Judith Chalmers
Actress | Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Judith Chalmers was born on October 10, 1935 in Manchester, England as Judith Rosemary Locke Chalmers. She is known for her work on Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016), The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs (1974) and The Ken Dodd Show (1959). She has been married to Neil Durden-Smith since January...
42. Elsa Chauvel
Writer | Sons of Matthew
Elsa Chauvel was born on February 10, 1898 in Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Elsie May Wilcox. She was a writer and actress, known for The Rugged O'Riordans (1949), Rangle River (1936) and Greenhide (1926). She was married to Charles Chauvel. She died on August 22, 1983 in Toowoomba...
43. Joan Collins
Actress | Dynasty
Joan Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England as Joan Henrietta Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Dynasty (1981), Empire of the Ants (1977) and Land of the Pharaohs (1955). She has been married to Percy Gibson since February 17, 2002. She was previously ...
44. Zoe Caldwell
Actress | Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
As a testament to her remarkable talent, Broadway has honored esteemed stage actress Zoe Caldwell four times with Tony Awards: for "Slapstick Tragedy" (1966), for her title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1968), for her searing performance as "Medea" (1982), and as opera diva Maria Callas ...
45. Anne V. Coates
Editor | In the Line of Fire
After harrowing experiences as a nurse at Sir Archibald McIndoe's pioneering plastic surgery hospital in East Grinstead, Anne Coates started to fulfil her long-held ambition to be a film director with a company called Religious Films. The work consisted of patching up prints of devotional shorts ...
46. Judi Dench
Actress | Skyfall
Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...
48. Barbara Dickson
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Barbara Dickson was born on September 27, 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland, the daughter of a policeman turned Rosyth dockyard worker. Barbara's mother was a housewife, and the family's strong interest in music led to Barbara taking up the piano from the tender age of five. By the age of twelve ...
49. Mary Durack
Writer | Kings in Grass Castles
Mary Durack was born on February 20, 1913 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. She was a writer, known for Kings in Grass Castles (1998) and A Life (1992). She was married to H.C. Miller. She died on December 16, 1994 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
54. Pat Evison
Actress | Tim
Larger than life leading lady on stage and television, latterly familiar on television in serials such as The Flying Doctors (1985) and Close to Home (1975). Born Patricia Blamires in 1924, she delighted audiences for more than five decades in her native country and Australia. Active on stage until ...
55. Doris Fitton
Actress | The Stowaway
Doris Fitton was born on November 3, 1897 in Manila, Philippines as Doris Alice Fitton. She was an actress, known for The Stowaway (1958) and The Night, the Prowler (1978). She was married to Norbert Mason. She died on April 2, 1985 in St. Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
56. Julia Farron
Actress | Romeo and Juliet
Julia Farron was born on July 22, 1922 in London, England as Joyce Margaret Farron-Smith. She was an actress, known for Romeo and Juliet (1966), The Three Bears (1938) and The Royal Ballet (1960). She was married to Alfred Rodriguez. She died on July 3, 2019 in the UK.
58. Rikki Fulton
Actor | Gorky Park
Rikki Fulton was born on April 15, 1924 in Glasgow, Scotland as Robert Kerr Fulton. He was an actor and writer, known for Gorky Park (1983), The Adventures of Francie and Josie (1962) and Local Hero (1983). He was married to Kate Matheson and Ethel Scott. He died on January 27, 2004 in Glasgow, ...
61. Evelyn Glennie
Soundtrack | Elle
Dame Evelyn Glennie, who was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours List, is one of the best-known figures in contemporary British music. An extraordinarily virtuosic percussionist as well as an engaging personality, she has long been subject to ...
62. Joyce Grenfell
Actress | Stage Fright
Toothy Britisher Joyce Grenfell with her stark, equine features charmed and humored audiences both here and abroad on radio, stage, revues, film and TV for nearly four decades. Lovingly remembered as a delightfully witty monologist and raconteur, she inherited her bold talents from her eccentric ...
64. Maggie Gee
Maggie Gee was born as Maggie Mary Gee.
Actress | Twenty Twelve
Tanni Grey-Thompson was born on July 26, 1969 in Cardiff, Wales as Tanni Carys Davina. She is an actress, known for Twenty Twelve (2011), Commonwealth Games (1954) and Paralympic Games (1960). She has been married to Ian Thompson since 1999. They have one child.
70. Rumer Godden
Writer | Black Narcissus
Rumer Godden was brought up in India at the turn of the century. Her father worked for the Bengal Steamship Company and the family travelled around the India of The British Raj quite a bit. Rumer was a precocious child and wrote her auto-biography when she was only 6! As she grew up she became ...
71. Sheila Hancock
Actress | The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Sheila Hancock was born February 22, 1933. on the Isle of Wight. She later moved to King's Cross in London, where her mother and father ran a pub. Sheila went to Dartford Grammar School, and then with a grant she went to RADA. She then went into nine years of weekly repertory around the country. ...
73. Wendy Hiller
Actress | Murder on the Orient Express
Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally ...
74. Thora Hird
Actress | Lost for Words
In a career than spanned eight decades, Thora Hird was widely-regarded as one of Britain's finest character actresses. She made over 100 films as well as starring in a host of TV comedies and, as a straight actress, excelled in the works of playwright Alan Bennett. Even in her 90s, she was working ...
75. Mona Hammond
Actress | 10,000 BC
Mona Hammond was born Mavis Chin to a Chinese father and Jamaican mother. She came to Britain in 1959 on a scholarship to work with an architects firm but was soon involved in black theatre productions with contemporaries such as Lloyd and Barry Reckord and Charles Hyatt, under the name Mona Chin. ...
78. Susan Hampshire
Actress | The Forsyte Saga
Susan Hampshire, the English actress who has won three Emmy Awards, was born in Kensington, London on May 12, 1937. Her original ambition was to be a nurse, but she could not pass her O-Level exam in Latin. (She found out when she was 30 years old that she was dyslexic, and her work on dyslexia ...
79. Joan Hickson
Actress | Miss Marple: Nemesis
Joan Hickson was born in 1906 at Kingsthorpe, Northampton. Her stage career began with provincial theater in 1927, going on to a long series of West End comedies, usually playing the part of a confused or eccentric middle-age woman. She performed at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, at the time ...
81. Geraldine James
Actress | Sherlock Holmes
Geraldine James, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) was born on July 6, 1950 in Maidenhead, Berkshire. She was educated at Downe House, a girls' independent school in Newbury, Berkshire, and later, at Drama Centre London. Geraldine has made several film and television appearances, she ...
82. Sue Johnston
Actress | The Royle Family
Sue Johnston was born on December 7, 1943 in Warrington, Cheshire, England as Susan Wright. She is an actress, known for The Royle Family (1998), Imagine Me & You (2005) and Waking the Dead (2000). She was previously married to David Pammenter and Neil Johnston.
85. Barbara Jefford
Actress | Philomena
Barbara Jefford was born on July 26, 1930 in Plymstock, Devon, England as Barbara Mary Jefford. She is an actress, known for Philomena (2013), The Ninth Gate (1999) and The Saint (1997). She has been married to John Turner since May 13, 1967. She was previously married to Terence Longdon.
86. P.D. James
Writer | Children of Men
P.D. James was born on August 3, 1920 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Phyllis Dorothy James. She was a writer and producer, known for Children of Men (2006), Death in Holy Orders (2003) and Death Comes to Pemberley (2013). She was married to Ernest Connor Bantry White. She died on November 27, ...
88. Patricia Kennedy
Actress | My Brilliant Career
Patricia Kennedy was born on March 17, 1916 in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia as Patricia Carmel Stewart Kennedy. She is known for her work on My Brilliant Career (1979), Return to Eden (1983) and The Getting of Wisdom (1977). She died on December 10, 2012.
90. Jude Kelly
Director | Mighty Moments from World History
Jude Kelly is an acclaimed stage director. Since 2005 she has been artistic director of London's Southbank Centre. Kelly was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to the Arts.
She has a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts ...
93. Penelope Keith
Actress | The Good Life
Penelope Keith was born on April 2, 1940 in Sutton, Surrey, England as Penelope Anne Constance Hatfield. She is an actress, known for Good Neighbors (1975), To the Manor Born (1979) and Private Lives (1976). She has been married to Rodney Timson since February 6, 1978. They have two children.
95. Annie Lennox
Soundtrack | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Annie Lennox was born on December 25, 1954 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland as Ann Griselda Lennox. She has been married to Mitch Besser since September 15, 2012. She was previously married to Uri Fruchtmann and Radha Raman.
97. Verity Lambert
Producer | Shoulder to Shoulder
A young Verity Lambert began her career as TV producer when given the chance to produce the new children's television sci-fi series Doctor Who (1963) in early 1963. Due to the fact this was her first job as a producer, Mervyn Pinfield was given guardian role over the series, but Verity's talents ...
Soundtrack | To Sir, with Love
Born in Glasgow in 1948. As a teenager, she toured the northern clubs with her band, "the Luvvers". After her initial success with a cover of "Shout" reaching #7 in 1964, Lulu went on to establish herself as one of the biggest-selling British female singers of the 1960s. She made her film début in ...
99. Carla Lane
Writer | Bread
Carla Lane was born on August 5, 1928 in West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire, England as Romana Barrack. She was a writer and producer, known for Bread (1986), The Liver Birds (1969) and Luv (1993). She was married to Arthur Hollins. She died on May 31, 2016 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside, ...
100. Sue Lawley
Actress | The Goodies
Sue Lawley was born on July 14, 1946 in Dudley, West Midlands, England as Susan Lawley. She is an actress, known for The Goodies (1970), Yes Minister (1980) and Bergerac (1981). She has been married to Roger Hugh Williams since 1987. She was previously married to David Arnold Ashby.