The birthday honors for
Branagh will receive a knighthood for his contributions to drama as well as to the community of his native Northern Ireland. The 51-year-old actor-director has appeared in numerous Shakespeare productions on stage and was a co-founder of the Renaissance Theatre Company. His movie career includes directing five film adaptations of the works of Shakespeare, as well as
Hadid will receive an Order of the British Empire for her accomplishments in the field of architecture. Hadid, 61, was born in Iraq and is now a British citizen. Her many notable buildings include the Maxxi Museum in Rome and Eli Broad's planned art museum at Michigan State University.
This year's honors include a few other cultural figures -- Michael Boyd, artistic director of the Royal