Oscar-winning Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta Jones said she was "absolutely thrilled" after receiving a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List today.
Awards also go to ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, former Velvet Underground musician John Cale, Help for Heroes founders Bryn and Emma Parry, and Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams.
And as Fabio Capello's footballers prepare for their opening World Cup match against the USA tonight, those honoured include 90-year-old Bert Williams, goalkeeper in England's shock 1-0 defeat by the Americans in 1950.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers player, from Shifnal, Shropshire, said his MBE was the "icing on the cake" of a wonderful life which saw him win both the FA Cup and the League Championship.
Coronation Street actresses past and present are recognised in the soap's 50th year, with MBEs for Eileen Derbyshire, Barbara Knox and Anne Reid.
Derbyshire, 78, who has played well-meaning charity volunteer Emily Bishop for nearly half a century, described her gong as a thank-you to her colleagues on both sides of the camera.
Knox, 76, best known as Corrie's glamorous shopkeeper Rita Sullivan, said she was "absolutely shocked and delighted".
Reid, 75, who appeared as Ken Barlow's doomed first wife Valerie in the soap from 1961 to 1971, said she "never dreamt in a million years" that she would get the honour.
There are also MBEs for Dr Frank Duckworth and Dr Tony Lewis, the statisticians who came up with the arcane Duckworth-Lewis Method used to calculate run targets in one-day cricket matches affected by rain.
Leading footballing figures recognised include Gary Speed, the long-serving former Premier League midfielder and Wales captain, who gets an MBE, and ex-Sunderland chairman Bob Murray, who is knighted.
An MBE goes to Mike Ingham, chief football correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live, and a CBE to Hope Powell, coach of the England women's football team.
Among other sports stars honoured is jockey Tony McCoy, winner of this year's Grand National, who receives an OBE.
McCoy, 36, originally from Moneyglass, County Antrim, rode his 3,000th winner in February 2009 and won the Grand National on his 15th attempt in April this year.
He said: "It's nice to get recognition from someone like the Queen as it doesn't come from much higher than that."
In the acting world, OBEs go to John Nettles, star of TV's Midsomer Murders and Bergerac, and Sophie Okonedo, who was nominated for an Oscar for the film Hotel Rwanda.
Two women who helped teach generations of Britons to cook, Prue Leith and Marguerite Patten, are awarded CBEs.
South African-born Leith, 70, said she was looking forward to wearing her honour to dinner parties.
Oldham-born Professor Brian Cox, 42, the pop star-turned-physicist and BBC presenter, said he was "surprised and chuffed" to receive an OBE.
Other OBEs go to Tamara Mellon, founder and creative director of designer shoe brand Jimmy Choo, and writer and broadcaster Bonnie Greer, who put BNP leader Nick Griffin on the spot during his controversial BBC Question Time appearance last October.
Mellon said: "While our brand has global reach, the roots and heritage of Jimmy Choo are uniquely British so I am especially pleased and proud of this honour."
Actress Jones, 40, was born in Swansea in 1969 and rose to fame after playing fresh-faced Mariette Larkin in ITV's popular adaptation of HE Bates's The Darling Buds Of May in 1991/93.
She went on to star in gritty drugs trade drama Traffic (2000) alongside Michael Douglas, whom she married in New York in November that year.
Her greatest success to date was her performance in 2002's Chicago as vampish killer Velma Kelly, for which she won the best supporting actress Oscar.
She said: "I am absolutely thrilled with this honour. As a British subject, I feel incredibly proud, at the same time it is overwhelming and humbling. And my mum and dad are delighted beyond belief. Thank you."
Athlete Williams, from Bath, struck gold in Vancouver in February when she won the skeleton bob on her trusty sled, affectionately named Arthur.
The 27-year-old, who became Britain's first individual Winter Olympics gold medallist since 1980, receives an MBE. She said: "This is a huge honour and a privilege. I'm so proud. I was absolutely stunned and completely blown away when I heard."
Former soldier Mr Parry, 53, and his wife, 50, are given OBEs for their work supporting British servicemen and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They have raised more than £50 million since being inspired to form Help for Heroes in October 2007 by meeting wounded troops at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.
Mr Parry said: "Help for Heroes would not exist without the hundreds of thousands of other people who have actually done something.
"There was that feeling back in 2007 that something should be done and it just happened that Emma and I somehow articulated that feeling that everyone had."
Coulthard, 39, who gets an MBE, won 13 F1 grand prix in his 15-year career before retiring from the sport in 2008 and becoming a TV commentator.
Speed, 40, who was born in Mancot, north Wales, played for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers, becoming the first footballer to reach 500 Premier League appearances.
He also won 85 caps for Wales and is now a coach with Championship side Sheffield United.
Former England international rugby union player Andy Ripley, 62, from Lingfield, Surrey, who has spoken movingly of his battle with prostate cancer, gets an OBE.
Because of his ill health, in a rare move he was presented with the honour early at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony last month.
An OBE goes to South Wales-born Cale, 68, famous for forming the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed and producing musicians from Patti Smith to the Happy Mondays.
Other musicians honoured today include Blackpool-born and Salford-raised Graham Nash, 68, co-founder of Crosby, Stills and Nash, who gets an OBE in the Diplomatic and Overseas List, and Robin Millar, 58, the award-winning record producer behind Sade, who receives a CBE.
Nash, who is now based in the United States, said: "Everything I learned about being a decent human being I learned in England and I am grateful to be honoured by the country of my birth."
Among writers, an OBE goes to London-born best-selling horror author James Herbert, 67, and a CBE to popular poet Simon Armitage, 47, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Knighthoods are awarded to South African-born playwright and screenwriter Ronald Harwood, 75, who won an Oscar for his script for 2002's The Pianist, and Guyana-born novelist Wilson Harris, 89.
Well-known faces from television recognised in the list include 'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle, 59, and presenter Fred Dinenage, whose credits include long-running children's science show How. Both receive an MBE.
There are also OBEs for Avengers writer Brian Clemens, TV journalist and conservationist Julian Pettifer, 74, and Eileen Gallagher, 50, chief executive of Shed Productions, makers of ITV drama Footballers' Wives.
Painter Paula Rego, 75, who was born in Portugal and now lives in London, is made a dame for services to art.
And the Queen makes mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, 75, a commander of the Royal Victorian Order in his capacity as deputy patron of the Outward Bound Trust.
As is customary, three-quarters of the awards in the honours list go to unsung local heroes.
They include MBEs for Philip Kelsall, resident organist at Blackpool Tower, Susan Gibbs, an announcer at Fenchurch Street station in London, and James Fitchie, from Newtownards, County Down, who is honoured for services to ploughing in Northern Ireland.