British queen honours veteran actor John Hurt, actress Kristin Scott Thomas and trendsetter Mary Quant

Veteran actor John Hurt was given a knighthood and 1960s fashion designer Mary Quant, pioneer of the mini-skirt and hotpants, made a dame in Britain's New Year Honours List released Tuesday. Other stars to be honoured include "English Patient" actress Kristin Scott Thomas and campaigning television presenter Esther Rantzen. Hurt, who starred as John Merrick in 1980 classic "The Elephant Man" and as Winston Smith in the 1984 adaptation of George Orwell's "1984", was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2004, but will now become a Sir. Quant is one of the women who make up 50 percent of the honours list, recognising her 60-year career in fashion. She opened her first boutique in London's fashionable Chelsea district in 1955 and became a key figure in the Mod and other youth movements of

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