Numerous British arts figures, ranging from writers to pop stars, are included in Queen Elizabeth's annual honors list, which was released in London on Friday, in recognition of distinguished service to Great Britain. The writer Antonia Fraser, author of several widely praised biographies and widow of the playwright Harold Pinter, led the group and was designated a dame, the female equivalent of a knight, for her contributions to literature.
Two actors were among those named Commanders of the British Empire. One, David Suchet, is best-known for his portrayal of the detective Hercule Poirot on television, while the other, Sheila Hancock, is a familiar name to viewers of British television and West End theatergoers. From the pop music world, the singer Annie Lennox, formerly of the Eurythmics, and the record producer Trevor Horn, of Yes and the Buggles, were also given CBE honors. The guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, a founder of the folk-rock group Fairport Convention, was selected for the Order of the British Empire.
Both Ms. Lennox and Mr. Horn welcomed the news of their recognition with cheeky humor. "I'm getting my fake leopard pillbox hat dusted and ready" for the investiture ceremony, Ms. Lennox said, while Mr. Horn promised to "put my Buggles glasses on," a reference to the costume he wore in the famous video for "Video Killed the Radio Star."