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OBE for filmmaker Gurinder Chadha

The NRI director is among hundreds of celebrities who have been honoured in Queen Elizabeth's birthday list.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 13:43 IST

Acclaimed NRI filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is among the hundreds of celebrities and civilians who have been honoured in Britain's Queen Elizabeth II birthday honours list.

Founder of low-cost airline EasyJet Stelios Haji-Ioannou has been made a Knight of the British Empire in the twice-yearly list.

Retail tycoon Philip Green also becomes a 'Sir' and so does BBC's longest-serving foreign correspondent Charles Wheeler.

From the world of film and music an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) went to film director Gurinder Chadha of Bend it LikeBechkam and Bhaji on the Beach fame.

Her next project -a film version of the 80s soap Dallas is due for release next year.

An MBE or Member of the Order of the British Empire was awarded to the soul singer Beverly Knight, who is also a charity ambassador, including for Charity Aid.

Several police officers were also honoured, including the Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman who becomes a CBE or Commander of the order of the British Empire.

As head of the specialist operations at the Met Police, Haymon has won praise for his response to the July 7 terror attacks on London.

He recently apologised to two brothers in east London, who were arrested under suspicion of terrorism involvement and held for a week but freed without charge.

The Honours List pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service across the community.

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 10:48 IST