Emma Raducanu is to be made an MBE, while Daniel Craig – the James Bond star – and Barbara Broccoli, the films’ long-time producer, are also in line for New Year’s honours, The Telegraph understands.
The honour for Raducanu rounds off a dream year for the teenage tennis player, who won the US Open aged 18 in September. Only a week ago, she described her delight at winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Meanwhile, Craig is believed to be in line for a CMG – a highly prestigious award usually handed to senior diplomats and spies – following the release of his fifth and final Bond film, No Time to Die.
Daniel Craig in No Time to Die, his fifth and final James Bond film
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The award is a nod to the character with whom he has become best associated. In Ian Fleming’s From Russia With Love, General Grubozaboyschikov – the head of Smersh, the Soviet Union’s counter-intelligence agency – notes how 007 "was decorated with the CMG in 1953, an award usually given only on retirement from the Secret Service", adding that it "is a measure of his worth".
Ms Broccoli, 61 – the American-born daughter of Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, the original producer of Bond – is to be made a dame, following more than three decades at the helm of EON, the production company behind the films, along with her half-brother Michael G Wilson.
A CMG is an unusual choice of honour for the Queen to hand to an actor – rather than an ambassador or senior mandarin. Then again, there are few who can claim to have walked the monarch through her film debut. In a short film recorded for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, Craig was seen arriving at Buckingham Palace to pick up the Queen, before the pair apparently boarded a helicopter bound for the London stadium and parachuted down to the ground.
Buckingham Palace had said the monarch was "very happy" to take part in the film. Craig said: “She was great – calmer than me."
Ms Broccoli, who was made an OBE in 2008 and has dual British and US citizenship, said: "How wonderful of her to have done it.”
The Queen appeared with Daniel Craig in a film for the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2012
The MBE for Raducanu would see the 19-year-old follow in the footsteps of Ellie Simmonds, who achieved the same honour aged 14 as part of the 2009 New Year’s list. She had won two golds at the Beijing Olympics and also went on to become BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
It is a remarkable feat for a teenager who sat her A-levels in the early summer, before making it through to the fourth round of Wimbledon Championships. She later spoke of how the frenzied excitement over her meteoric rise took its toll, leading to breathlessness on court that caused her to retire from the tournament.
Raducanu, from Bromley in South East London, went on to win the US Open just two months later, describing the moment as "an absolute dream".
She said: "You just say these things … actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can’t believe it." She received a £1.8 million prize.
The Queen was moved to write an open letter to the teenager, saying her triumph was a "remarkable achievement at such a young age".
Ms Broccoli, who was educated in London and spent school holidays on Bond sets at Pinewood Studios, was described by Sam Mendes, the director of Skyfall and Spectre, as "vivacious, and funny, and smart, and extremely warm-hearted.
He added: “She is absolutely old-school. She wants all of the attention to be on the movie. She hates it when producers try to make it about them.”