By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2011
The former Conservative leader Michael Howard has been made a Companion of Honour. He was honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List along with one of Britain's leading champions of interfaith relations, an Oscar-nominated actress and a rabbi.
Russell Crowe has described circumcision as "barbaric and stupid" in a venom-filled online debate on the subject.
The Australian Oscar-winning actor, known for courting controversy in media interviews, wrote on his Twitter page that it was immoral to circumcise male infants and said he would "take attentive parenting over barbarism".
The actress who starred as Golde in the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof has died of cancer at the age of 85.
Miriam Karlin, born Miriam Samuels to Orthodox Jewish parents in Hampstead, went on to appear in films including A Clockwork Orange and The Entertainer, the television series The Rag Trade and a long list of West End plays.