Among the east Londoners that have been awarded New Year’s Honours in 2016 is Luther star Idris Elba, former EastEnder’s stalwart Barbara Windsor and philanthropist Jack Petchey.

The accolade is given in recognition of an important contribution an individual has made to their field - from arts and science to drama and charity.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama after starring in London-based Luther.

Actor Idris Elba as DCI John Luther in BBC drama series Luther

He said: “Awards and honours come in all shapes and sizes and all as significant as the other. But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now.”

The 43-year-old was born in Newham and grew up in East Ham, shooting to fame in 2002 through his portrayal of drug lord and aspiring businessman Russell "Stringer" Bell in HBO series The Wire.

Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor was made a dame for her charity work and her contributions to stage and screen.

Babs - as many affectionately call her - is best known for her work in the iconic Carry On films in the 1960s and 1970s and her ballsy character in EastEnders - Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell.

Barbara Windsor and 'strutters' at homeless addiction centre Spitalfield Crypt Trust's Charity Shop Strut in Bethnal Green

On receiving the honour, she told the Evening Standard : “For a girl from the East End born into a working class family and an evacuee during World War Two, this is truly like a dream.

“I am so happy and blessed to say it’s real.”

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The Shoreditch-born 78-year-old was appointed an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the 2000 honours list.

Jack Petchey

The 90-year-old philanthropist has been knighted for his charity work through the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The east London entrepreneur created the foundation in 1999 and since then it has put up £100million for good causes that have benefitted millions of young people across east London and Essex.

Jack Petchey speaking at the naming of the new Jack Petchey Lecture Theatre at Newham's YMCA George Williams College in 2012

Among the projects the foundation supports are the Speak Out Challenge , Step into Dance and the Panathlon Challenge .

Sir Jack said: “What I am proudest of is the recognition this knighthood gives the foundation and the young people we support.”

Sir Jack also already has a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), awarded to him in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours and an OBE given in 2004.