Sheen and Smith to Receive Queen's New Year's Honors

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Among the 966 people recognized in the Queen's annual New Year's Honors List is the Welsh-born actor Michael Sheen, who created the role of TV interviewer David Frost in Frost/Nixon in London, on Broadway and in the current Ron Howard film, which is due for UK release Jan. 23, 2009. Sheen receives an OBE.

Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Sheen, who also played Tony Blair in the 2003 TV drama "The Deal" as well as in the 2006 film "The Queen," commented, "This is a huge honor. I am both thrilled and slightly mystified. But very grateful. It'll be nice to meet the real Queen at last."

Also acknowledged in the New Year's Honors List is veteran stage and screen actress Liz Smith, who receives an MBE. The 87-year-old actress, who is best known for playing the grandmother Nana in TV's "The Royle Family" and won a BAFTA in 1984 in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "A Private Function," now lives in a retirement home in London.

An OBE is an Order of the British Empire; an MBE refers to a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

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