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Ms Dynamite awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Emma Thompson to collect a damehood

08 June, 2018 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

MS Dynamite is to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The singer, whose real name is Niomi McLean-Daley, grew up in Kentish Town and went to Acland Burghley School. She won the Mercury Prize in 2002 for her debut album A Little Deeper and went on to win further prizes at the Brits and the Mobos.

The album featured the classic theme single Dy-Na-Mi-Tee.

She was an honoured with a paving slab outside the Weekend Arts Club (WAC) in Belsize Park in 2016, and said she hoped the stone’s message – ‘Those who are afraid to fall never fly, how will we ever know if we never try’ – would inspire young singers not to give up on their dreams.

Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, who lives in West Hampstead, is to be made a dame, while there is a knighthood for Hampstead philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman, who founded the foreign currency firm Travelex and is a trustee at the JW3 centre in Finchley Road.

 

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