Veteran entertainer Ronnie Corbett and golf champions Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy have all been recognised on the New Year Honours list.
Corbett, 81, famed for his monologues on the BBC's Two Ronnies, becomes a CBE for services to entertainment.
An OBE goes to Open winner Clarke while McIlroy, 22, the youngest US Open winner for 88 years, becomes an MBE.
Actress Helena Bonham Carter is made a CBE and broadcaster Lorraine Kelly is appointed an OBE for her charity work.
Sky News war correspondent Alex Crawford, 49, praised for her reporting from Libya this year, is appointed an OBE for services to broadcast journalism.
Ms Crawford, the first reporter to report live from Green Square as rebel forces took over Tripoli, said she was "staggered and honoured" to hear of her OBE and had wondered if it was a prank by a mischievous colleague.
Apple's Jonathan Ive, the designer behind the iPod and iPhone is made a Knight Commander (KBE). Now living in the US, the east London-born 44-year-old began working for the company in 1992.
He said: "I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making.
"To be recognised with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful."
Helena Bonham Carter Helena Bonham Carter gets a CBE for services to drama
The Cabinet Office said 70% of the 984 people on the main list had been selected for their "outstanding work" in communities in either a voluntary or paid capacity.
Awards for unsung heroes include an MBE for Kirsty Ashton, 21, from Greater Manchester, who has raised over £87,000 for the Wish Upon a Star charity which supports terminally-ill children.
The same honour goes to stonemason Alan Horsfield for services to St Paul's Cathedral, Mary Watt for services to Highland dance teaching in Ross-shire and caretaker Robert Owen for services to the community in Holyhead.
Nineteen members of Foreign Office staff have been honoured for their work helping Britons overseas during the Arab Spring, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the earthquake in New Zealand. There are also honorary awards for several local employees.
Edinburgh-born Corbett, known for his diminutive 5ft 1ins (1.52m) stature, was part of one of TV's most successful sketch shows the Two Ronnies, which saw him pair up with Ronnie Barker for 17 years. He picked up an OBE in 1978.
His wife, Anne Hart, said the comic's family was "delighted".
The two Northern Ireland golfers also welcomed their honours.
Clarke, 43, who clinched the Open for his maiden Major championship title with a three-shot victory, said: "It is a great honour and a fantastic way to end a great year. I am very proud for me and my family."
McIlroy won the US Open in June by eight shots with a record low score of 16-under-par 268. He had suffered a demoralising collapse in the previous Major, the US Masters, when he carried a four-stroke lead into the final round but shot 80 to finish tied 15th.
Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke McIlroy said he was "humbled" by his award, while Clarke said it was a great honour
He said: "Many people on the honours list have made huge personal sacrifices and contributed significantly to society during their lives. I feel very fortunate to be in their company."
See the rest of the list on the following link: - BBC