Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly is now Sir Billy, actress Julie Walters has become a dame while JK Rowling and David Walliams also win awards in the Queen's Honours list.

Walliams receives an OBE (Order of the British Empire) with OBEs also granted to actresses Sarah Lancashire and Patricia Hodge.

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly is now a Sir, and the 74-year-old said he was "pleased and a little embarrassed" to become a knight for services to entertainment and charity.

Author JK Rowling, Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, chef Delia Smith and designer Sir Terence Conran are among nine new members of the Order of the Companion of Honour.

Paul McCartney: Order of the Companion of Honour recognition

JK Rowling has been granted the award for her work in literature and philanthropy. She declared that she was "proud" to be part of the "distinguished and diversely talented" order of 65 members.

Julie Walters: Nothing like a Dame (until now)

Billy Connolly said he was "pleased and a little embarrassed" to be knighted for services to entertainment and charity.

As mentioned here yesterday, Ed Sheeran has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire.) Singers Emeli Sandé and Sandie Shaw have also been granted MBEs this year.

As always, there have been many other awards in disparate fields of endeavour, unrelated to the Arts and Entertainment. Diversity is particularly to the fore in this year's list. Of the 1,109 recipients, about half are female, 6.5% have a disability, and 10% come from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.