Ray Davies Becomes A Knight

Ray Davies on stage

Kinks frontman heads New Year's Honours List

Frontman with the Kinks, Ray Davies, has been knighted in the Queen's New Year's Honours list, for services to the arts.

"Initially," he said, "I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write."

The Kinks are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of all time, with hits including Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion and Lola.

The 72-year-old was the band's vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter, alongside his brother Dave.

Veteran comedian Ken Dodd has also been knighted. The 89-year-old Liverpudlian, who rose to fame in the 1950s, has been recognised for services to entertainment and charity, following a career spanning six decades encompassing stand-up comedy, music and television.

Academy and Tony award-winning actor Mark Rylance is knighted for services to theatre, after shining as Thomas Cromwell in the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

Keeping Up Appearances actress Patricia Routledge is made a dame for services to theatre and charity.

The 87-year-old became famous for her role as Hyancith Bucket, a social-climber who insisted on pronouncing her surname "Bouquet".

Every gold medallist from the Rio Games who hadn't already been recognised in previous years has been honoured.

Andy Murray becomes Sir Andy - awarded a knighthood for services to tennis, and for his charity work in a year in which he won Olympic gold and became world number one. 

Distance runner Mo Farah - also awarded a knighthood - said it was a "dream come true" for a boy who, when he arrived in London from Somalia, was unable to speak English.  

Damehoods have been awarded to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger.