King's Birthday Honours list: Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon, artist Tracey Emin and actress Imelda Staunton among big names awarded

The King's Birthday Honours list has been published, with leading artist Tracey Emin, pop icon Simon Le Bon and stage and screen actress Imelda Staunton among those recognised.

Other well-known faces given honours include Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden, singer Heather Small and actor Alex Jennings, with the highest award, Companion of Honour, being given to former prime minister Gordon Brown for services to public and charitable services both in the UK and abroad.

Post Office victims campaigner Alan Bates was honoured with a knighthood for his services to justice.

Sir Alan, who inspired ITV drama Mr Bates Vs The Post Office, founded the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance and helped bring the Horizon IT scandal to light, while supporting the hundreds of sub-postmasters who were prosecuted for theft and false accounting, which turned out to be due to errors in the accounting software.

In total 1,000 people from across the UK have received honours, for the "immeasurable impact" they have had on the lives of people across the country, the Cabinet Office said.

Former Labour leader Mr Brown said he felt "slightly embarrassed" about being made a Companion of Honour, which is limited to just 65 people at any one time, adding that he preferred to recognise "unsung, local heroes".

Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish, 39, also received a knighthood for services to cycling and to charity work.

The honour comes weeks after the cyclist achieved his 164th career victory, confirming him as one of the most successful men's sprint cyclists of all time, the Isle of Man government - where Sir Mark is from - said.

Historian Professor Niall Ferguson, 60, who first came to the attention of many in the UK with the hit 2003 Channel 4 series Empire: How Britain Made The Modern World, and a best-selling book of the same name, is also receiving a knighthood.

British artist Dame Tracey, 60, and The Crown actress Dame Imelda, 68, were given their damehoods for services to art and drama and charity respectively.

Reacting to receiving the award, Dame Tracey, who is known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork, said: "Dame Tracey has a good ring to it. I'm very, very happy." While Dame Imelda said she felt "genuinely humbled" to be recognised.

English designer Anya Hindmarch, 56, who is best known for creating clothes and accessories using logos of well-known brands including Pringles, Kelloggs and Sprite, was also made a dame for services to fashion and business.

Commander of the British Empire (CBEs) are the highest second class honour, bestowed to individuals for playing a leading role in regional affairs through achievement or service to the community, or for making a "highly distinguished, innovative contribution" in a particular activity.

Scottish writer, director and performer Armando Iannucci, 60, received the honour for services to film and TV. The 60-year-old is best known for creating political sitcom The Thick Of It in 2005 and later HBO's political satire Veep, for which he won two Emmy Awards.

Also gaining a CBE is actor Alex Jennings, 67 - best known for his portrayal of King Charles in 2006 film The Queen alongside Dame Helen Mirren and more recently as Conservative MP James Arbuthnot in Mr Bates Vs The Post Office - for services to drama.

Meanwhile, lead vocalist and lyricist of new wave band Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, 65, gets a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to music and charity.

As does Amy Dowden, 33, best known for being one of the professional dancers on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. She was honoured for her services to fundraising and raising awareness of inflammatory bowel disease having being diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 19.

The dancer is one of the UK ambassadors for charity Crohn's and Colitis and last year publicly shared her breast cancer journey and subsequent mastectomy.

Fellow Strictly Come Dancing star and former EastEnders actress Rose Ayling Ellis, 29, also receives an MBE for voluntary services to the deaf community.

MBEs mark outstanding achievement or service in and to the community which has delivered "sustained and real impact" and is as an example to others.

Also earning the honour is Countdown's Susie Dent, 59, for services to literature and language and former Coronation Street and Dinner Ladies actress Shobna Gulati, 57, for services to cultural industries.

Liz Mitchell, the original lead singer of disco group Boney M is another MBE recipient. She is listed under her full name Elizabeth Rebecca Pemberton-Mitchell.

The 71-year-old, whose late father Norman Mitchell, also gained the honour in 2014 for his charitable work, said she "could not believe it" when she was told.

She said: "Everything is so raw with me because my dad just passed and the MBE was so important to him."

Proud singer Heather Small, 59, also gained an MBE for voluntary and charitable services. The 59-year-old actively supports several charities including Action Breaks Silence, which aims to protect women and girls from all forms of male violence.

Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson was also being honoured with an MBE for services to the music industry. The 37-year-old came second on the singing contest in 2010 and has since campaigned for the introduction of a regulatory body for the music industry, in a bid to ensure artist welfare.

British actor and stuntman Kiran Shah, 67, best known for his stunt work on The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit film series, has gained an MBE for services to the film industry.

Others honoured from the sporting world include ex-cyclist Chris Boardman and former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness who were given CBEs, while former England footballer Karen Carney was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).