Esther Rantzen will be made a Dame in the New Year Honours List, according to reports.
The television presenter and broadcaster is being rewarded for her years of charity work for the charity Childline, which she founded nearly three decades ago, when she was the host of magazine show ‘That’s Life!’
Childline, a free helpine for vulnerable children all over the UK, has been credited with saving thousands of children from harm, and continues to receive up to 8,000 phone calls a day.
Esther Rantzen founded Childline nearly 30 years ago, and more recently, The Silver Line
And, two years ago, Ms Rantzen set up The Silver Line, a ‘ChildLine for older people’, after realising the extent of her own loneliness following the death of her husband, film-maker Desmond Wilcox.
Other names tipped for glory this New Year include actor John Hurt, due to be made a Knight in this year’s Honours, and actress Sheridan Smith – tipped to receive a CBE after another year of triumph on the stage and screen, including her stellar performance as Cilla Black in the ITV biopic.
Sheridan Smith’s star continues to rise
James Corden, shortly to try his hand with a late night US chat show, will be receiving an OBE.
And, come New Year’s Day, Joan Collins – FINALLY – will be able to book her table at the Ivy in the name of Dame Joan after receiving recognition for her years of charity work, acting on both sides of the Atlantic and generally being fabulous.
Here are last year’s honorees…