Thompson won the first of her two Academy Awards back in 1992 for her starring role in the romantic drama movie 'Howards End' and she has since appeared in a host of hits, including the 'Harry Potter' franchise, 'Love Actually' and 'Beauty and the Beast'. Emma Thompson has been granted a damehood for services to drama, while Kenny will now been known as Sir Kenny Dalglish for his "services to football, charity and the city of Liverpool".
Joking that he thought the letter informing him of the knighthood had been from the taxman, he added of the achievement: 'We only set out to do the best we possibly could, even through all the other stuff - the charity or Hillsborough, it was to help people because somebody helped us'.
The brother of aid worker David Haines, who was murdered by Islamic State extremists, is made an OBE for his work against terrorism.
Sporting stars are well represented among the recipients, with Premier League and England striker Jermain Defoe describing himself as "blessed and humbled" to be recognised with an OBE for his services to the charitable foundation set up in his name.
Anthony Joshua has received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Alpine skier Menna Fitzpatrick, Britain's most successful winter Paralympian, is the youngest on this year's list at just 20.
Meanwhile, the Japanese-born, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro - whose works include 'The Remains of the Day', the movie adaptation of which starred Thompson - has been awarded a knighthood by the Queen. She has picked up an MBE for services to Paralympic winter Olympic sport.
West Berkshire Councillor Virginia von Celsing (Con, Compton) was also appointed an MBE for public and political service.