Gary Barlow has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth.

The Take That star was honoured in the British Queen's birthday list yesterday (15.06.12) for his services to the entertainment industry and charity. His appointment comes just days after the hugely successful Diamond Jubilee concert which he organised to celebrate the Queen's 60 year reign.

Gary, 41 - who is also a judge on 'The X Factor' - said: ''I'm absolutely thrilled and feel very privileged to be in the company of so many brilliant people who I know have received an OBE. Growing up I never dreamt that one day I'd be getting one myself.

''I enjoy every minute of the work I do, with a lot of it being a reward in itself, so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is just amazing.''

Actress Kate Winslet was also honoured, being made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

She said: ''I am both surprised and honoured to stand alongside so many men and woman who have achieved great things for our country.''

Fellow actor Kenneth Brannagh was knighted - making him a Sir - for services to drama and Northern Ireland. He said his heart was ''fit to burst,'' at the accolade.

Other recipients included actress Amanda Redman, 54, who was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) and 'There's Nothing Like This' singer Omar, who was given an OBE.