Queen's birthday honours List: TREVOR NUNN, HAROLD PINTER, DAVID SUCHET

Queen's birthday honours List: TREVOR NUNN, HAROLD PINTER, DAVID SUCHET

Director Trevor Nunn, who is due to step down as head of the Royal National Theatre next year, is knighted. Trevor Nunn, who was also director of The Royal Shakespeare Company for 18 years, has directed many West End hits including "Les Miserables", " Cats" and "Starlight Express" . Most recently he took his West End revival of "Oklahoma!" to Broadway.

Playwright Harold Pinter , becomes one of only 65 Companions of Honour. (Already a CBE, the 71-year-old has previously turned down John Major's offer of a knighthood.) Often described as Britain's greatest living playwright, he is currently battling throat cancer. His plays, more than 25 in all, were first staged in the late 1950s, and were noted for their cool, menacing pauses. They earned him numerous awards. Some of his best-known works include "The Caretaker", "The Homecoming" and "The Betrayal". But he has also developed a reputation for his political radicalism, with stinging criticism of American and British bombing campaigns in recent years.

David Suchet is awarded an OBE. His West End credits include "What a Performance" at the Queens in 1994, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Aldwych in 1997, and "Amadeus" at the Old Vic in 1998. But he is most famous for his TV role as Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Playwright Marie Jones is awarded an OBE. Her West End plays include "Women on the Verge of HRT" at the Vaudeville in 1997, and "Stones in his Pockets", which is currently playing at the Duke of York's Theatre.

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