Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith is to be honoured with an OBE.

The 'Cilla' star will be given the award by the Queen for her services to television.

A source said: "Sheridan has had a brilliant year."

The 33-year-old actress - who is originally from Epworth, Lincolnshire, east England - is just one of television's big names to be awarded in the New Year Honours list with 'A League Of Their Own' presenter, James Corden, also in line to receive the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire title.

The 36-year-old comedian and television presenter will be handed the honour for his services to the entertainment and charity industries, with the Queen reportedly "delighted" to give him the recognition.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "James Corden is a huge young talent on many different fronts.

"His charitable work is also very impressive, making him a fantastic ambassador for the nation."

British actress, Joan Collins, 81 - who already has an OBE - will be made a dame and ChildLine counselling charity founder, Esther Rantzen, too, will receive damehood.

The veteran television host, 74 - who already has a CBE - will be recognised for her work in support of vulnerable kids.

The full New Year Honours list will be published on December 31.