Long-time Chiswick Resident Sheila Hancock Made a Dame

Given honour for services to drama and charity

Sheila Hancock

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Sheila Hancock has been made a Dame in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

The 87-year-old actress, director and writer has been recognised for her services to drama and her work for charity having previously been made a CBE and an OBE back in 1974.

She said she was "very flattered" by the award and added, "I've never felt myself this sort of person... I feel I've got to prove something and work even harder, particularly in my charity area."

She was born in 1933 and attended RADA before embarking on a successful career in acting, both on stage and screen. Her book, The Two of Us, was a memoir of her late husband John Thaw and became a bestseller.

The couple lived in Grove Park and were regularly seen around the Chiswick area. Recently Sheila Hancock has made her London residence in Hammersmith.

She gave the local Post Office national fame by consigning it to Room 101 in the panel show of the same name.

In total 1,239 people have received an award this year, from a variety of backgrounds.

1,123 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level and 116 have received a Damehood, Knighthood, a CBE or been made a Companion of Honour.

803 (65%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. A total of 603 women are recognised in the List, representing 49% of the total. 14% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background up from 9.1% last year.

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December 31, 2020

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