Male Officers of the Order of the British Empire Recipientsby Sylviastel | created - 01 Jul 2018 | updated - 03 Jul 2018 | Public
1. Nazir Afzal
Self | Banaz: A Love Story
Nazir Afzal OBE is now a National Director of UK's Crown Prosecution Service and one of its most celebrated advocates. He frequently speaks publicly to large audiences and the media as the Service's ambassador to the communities and regularly in print and broadcast media. He has successfully ...
Actor | Silent Witness
George Alagiah was born on November 22, 1955 in Sri Lanka as George Maxwell Alagiah. He is an actor, known for Silent Witness (1996), Taking the Flak (2009) and BBC World News America (2007). He has been married to Frances Robathan since 1984. They have two children.
8. 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), A Question of Sport (1970) and London 2012 Olympics (2012). He has been married to Georgie Thompson since December 20, 2014. ...
Actor | Love & Money
Presented honor by Richard Taylor OBE.
11. Felix Aylmer
Actor | Hamlet
British character actor Felix Aylmer was educated at Oxford and later studied drama, making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1911. During World War I he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and resumed his stage career after the war ended. He entered films in 1930 and stayed in them...
12. Craig Armstrong
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.
From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...
13. Ken Annakin
Director | The Longest Day
A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp (1947), was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he ...
14. Ken Adam
Production_designer | Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Ken Adam was a British movie production designer, best known for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
His first major screen credit was as production designer on the British ...
16. Brian Aldiss
Writer | Artificial Intelligence: AI
Brian Aldiss, author of the classic Helliconia trilogy, and the story on which Steven Spielberg's 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence was based, was one of Britain's most accomplished and versatile writers of science fiction. In a lifelong and prolific career, Aldiss, who died aged 92, produced ...
17. John Akomfrah
Director | The Nine Muses
Ghana born John Akomfrah is known for his experimental documentaries and video installations on the subjects of race, migration, and slavery in the encounters between European colonisers and African subjects.In the 1980s working in London, he helped found the Black Audio Film Collective and later ...
18. John Barry
Music_department | Dances with Wolves
John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...
Actor | Country Life
Michael Blakemore was born on June 18, 1928 in Sydney, Australia as Michael Howell Blakemore. He is an actor and director, known for Country Life (1994), Great Performances (1971) and A Personal History of the Australian Surf (1981). He is married to Tanya McCallin.
20. Ronnie Barker
Actor | The Two Ronnies
Ronnie Barker's remarkable versatility as a performer can be traced back to his time in repertory theatre, where he was able to play a wide range of roles and develop his talent for accents, voices and verbal dexterity. It was during this time that he met Glenn Melvyn, who taught him how to stammer ...
21. Brian Bennett
Music_department | Black Dynamite
Composer Brian Bennett is the three times winner of the Ivor Novello Award. Initially achieving fame as drummer with The Shadows, he has since forged a career as one of Britain's leading writers of music to picture.
Brian was born in London in 1940 and by the late 1950s was one of the most ...
23. Michael Bond
Writer | Paddington 2
Michael Bond was born on January 13, 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire, England as Thomas Michael Bond. He is known for his work on Paddington (2014), Paddington 2 (2017) and The Herbs (1968). He was married to Sue Bond and Brenda Mary Johnson. He died on June 27, 2017 in Paddington, London, England.
24. Jack Brabham
Transportation_department | Grand Prix
Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jack Brabham had a long and fruitful career in racing. The Australian native won numerous titles in his home country before taking on the world. After Brabham entered the prestigious Formula 1 series, he raced for the Cooper Car Co., who provided him with his ...
29. Jazzy B.
Soundtrack | Deadpool
Jaswinder Singh Bains, more popularly known as Jazzy B, is a Punjabi language Bhangra singer-songwriter.He has released 11 studio albums, including two religious ones. He has been singing since 1993. He has collaborated on many tracks and two soundtracks. Bains has also made his debut in acting in ...
33. Ponsonby Britt
Producer | The Watts Gnu Show
According to page 135 of Keith Scott's book, "The Moose That Roared," Ponsonby Britt is a non-existent person. In 1959, Jay Ward and Bill Scott invented the name "Ponsonby Britt, Limited" as the new title of their corporation. Britt eventually became an "O.B.E." and retained in the cartoon's ...
Writer | Jennings
Anthony Buckeridge was born on June 20, 1912 in Mill Hill, Middlesex, England as Anthony Malcolm Buckeridge. He was a writer and actor, known for Jennings (1966), Stompa & Co (1962) and Jackanory (1965). He was married to Eileen Selby and Sylvia Brown. He died on June 28, 2004 in Lewes, East ...
47. Raymond Baxter
Actor | Q5
Raymond Baxter was born on January 25, 1922 in Ilford, Essex, England as Raymond Frederic Baxter. He was an actor and writer, known for Q6 (1969), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and There's a Lot of It About (1982). He was married to Sylvia Kathryn Johnson. He died on September 15, 2006 in Reading...
51. 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.
52. David Beckham
Actor | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
David Beckham is one of Britain's most iconic athletes whose name is also an elite global advertising brand. He was captain of the English national team from 2000 to 2009, scored in three different FIFA World Cups, and played midfield for clubs in Manchester, England, Madrid, Spain, and Milan, ...
Actor | The Goodies
Tim Brooke-Taylor was born on July 17, 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor. He is an actor and writer, known for The Goodies (1970), At Last the 1948 Show (1967) and Engelbert with the Young Generation (1972). He has been married to Christine Wheadon since 1968. They...
55. Sanjeev Bhaskar
Actor | Yesterday
Sanjeev Bhaskar was born on October 31, 1963 in Ealing, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Yesterday (2019), Absolutely Anything (2015) and The Kumars at No. 42 (2001). He has been married to Meera Syal since January 21, 2005. They have one child.
56. Pierce Brosnan
Actor | The World Is Not Enough
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left...
Actor | Eat the Years
Heston is a self-taught English chef renowned for his experimental and scientific approach to cooking and gastronomy. He holds multiple honorary degrees in recognition of his scientific approach to cooking. He is the head chef of The Fat Duck, a three Michelin-starred restaurant voted the best ...
58. Bill Bryson
Writer | A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1951. He settled in England in 1977 and lived in North Yorkshire for almost two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. His travel books are "The Lost Continent", "Neither Here Nor There", "Notes From a Small Island", "A Walk in the Woods", "I'm ...
59. Duncan Bannatyne
Actor | Moving Target
Duncan Bannatyne was born on February 2, 1949 in Clydebank, Scotland as Duncan Walker Bannatyne. He is an actor, known for Moving Target (2011), Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder (2009) and School for Seduction (2004). He was previously married to Joanne McCue.
61. Jack Cardiff
Director | Sons and Lovers
Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical ...
62. Robert Carlyle
Actor | The Full Monty
Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...
63. George Cole
Actor | Cleopatra
George Cole OBE was a veteran British film, television and stage actor whose impressive career spanned over 60 years. For many, he will perhaps be best remembered for playing one of the most endearing characters of recent times on British television, "Arthur Daley", the shifty but very likable "...
64. Barry Cryer
Writer | It's Tommy Cooper
Barry Cryer was born on March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Barry Charles Cryer. He is known for his work on It's Tommy Cooper (1969), The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) and Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). He has been married to Theresa Margaret 'Terry' Donovan since 1962. ...
65. Henry Cooper
Actor | Royal Flash
Before the ascent of Lennox Lewis in the 1990s, Henry Cooper was considered the greatest heavyweight boxer in modern British history. Friendly, polite, well-mannered, and always a "good sport", he and his twin brother George Cooper (he fought as Jim Cooper) embarked on colorful professional boxing ...
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor was born on December 22, 1951 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He was married to Natalia Ayesha Phillips. He died on August 9, 2016 in Royal Preston Hospital, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, England.
68. Gary Crosby
Actor | A Private's Affair
The stocky-framed, lookalike son of singing legend Bing Crosby who had that same bemused, forlorn look, fair hair and jug ears, Gary was the eldest of four sons born to the crooner and his first wife singer/actress Dixie Lee. The boys' childhood was an intensely troubled one with all four trying to...
75. Bobby Charlton
Self | VIII FIFA World Cup 1966
Bobby Charlton is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England team that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester ...
76. Brian Clough
Self | Grandstand
Considered by many to be the best manager the England national team never had, Brian Clough's professional football career began when aged 16 he signed for hometown club, Middlesbrough F.C.. Working his way up through the ranks, he made his full first-team debut in a league match against Barnsley in...
77. Sebastian Coe
Actor | The Brittas Empire
Sebastian Coe was born on September 29, 1956 in Chiswick, London, England as Sebastian Newbold Coe. He is an actor, known for The Brittas Empire (1991), Twenty Twelve (2011) and Icarus (2017). He has been married to Nicola McIrvine since 1990. They have three children.
78. Jim Clark
Self | Formula 1
When talking about the greatest race driver of all time, various opinions will throw out such great drivers as Mario Andretti, Tazio Nuvolari, A.J. Foyt, Juan Manuel Fangio or Ayrton Senna; but most may agree that Scotsman Jim Clark was probably the best of them all. The shy British racer lived to ...
79. 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), All the Rivers Run (1983) and Cop Shop (1977). He was married to Glenda Raymond and Edna Marie Stock. He died on March 11, 1991 in Kew, ...
84. Jack Charlton
Self | VIII FIFA World Cup 1966
Jack Charlton is an English former footballer and manager who played as a defender. He was part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He spent his entire club career with Leeds United from 1950 to 1973, helping the club to the Second Division title (1963-64), First Division title (1968-...
86. Barry Clayman
Barry Clayman is known for his work on Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 'The War of the Worlds' (2006) and Classic Artists: The Moody Blues (2006).
91. Ian Carmichael
Actor | I'm All Right Jack
Unassuming, innocent-eyed and always ingratiating, Brit comedy actor Ian Carmichael was quite the popular chap in late 50s and early 60s film. He was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England on June 18, 1920, the son of Arthur Denholm Carmichael, an optician, and his wife Kate (Gillett). After receiving ...
92. 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 ...
94. Robbie Coltrane
Actor | Cracker
Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and in the "Harry Potter" franchise.
Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a ...
95. Jasper Carrott
Actor | Jane and the Lost City
Jasper Carrott was born on March 14, 1945 in Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England as Robert Norman Davis. He is an actor and writer, known for Jane and the Lost City (1987), Canned Carrott (1990) and Cool It (1985). He has been married to Hazel K Jackson since 1973. They have four ...
96. Peter Cushing
Actor | Star Wars
Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was ...
97. Michael Crawford
Actor | Hello, Dolly!
Michael Crawford was born on January 19, 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England as Michael Patrick Smith. He is an actor, known for Hello, Dolly! (1969), The Knack... and How to Get It (1965) and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973). He was previously married to Gabrielle Lewis.
98. Brian Cox
Brian Cox was born on March 3, 1968 in Oldham, Lancashire, England as Brian Edward Cox. He is an actor and writer, known for Sunshine (2007), Absolutely Anything (2015) and The Science of Doctor Who (2013). He has been married to Gia Milinovich since 2003. They have one child.
99. Harry H. Corbett
Actor | Carry On Screaming!
Harry H Corbett (he added the "H" to avoid being confused with Sooty's friend) was born in Burma in 1925. His father was an officer in the army. His mother died when he was very young and he moved to England as a child and was brought up in Manchester by an aunt.
After his war service, he joined a ...