Angelina Jolie made dame in thousand-strong Queen's birthday honours list.

Hollywood actor and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie is accorded one of the highest accolades granted by the British establishment as she is made an honorary dame in the Queen's birthday honours.

The 39-year-old Oscar winner, who has spent much of this week co-chairing a London summit on war rape with foreign secretary William Hague, becomes a dame commander of the order of St Michael and St George courtesy of the foreign office in recognition of her work on conflict sexual crime.

Jolie, in London with actor husband Brad Pitt, is co-founder with Hague of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) and was nominated in the diplomatic service and overseas birthday 2014 honours for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.

Hague has made no secret of his admiration for her, having described the film star as "a pleasure to work with" and saying "my admiration for her work has grown even greater over the last two years".

Jolie, who is UN special envoy for refugees, said of the award: "To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to. Working on PSVI and with survivors of rape is an honour in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime and I am dedicated to it for all of mine."

Teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton, 19, who became a household name helping to raise £4m to fight cancer before his death on 14 May, has been honoured with an MBE.

The late teenage cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton has been honoured with posthumous MBE.

Sutton, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 15, had accepted the honour before his death and thought it "awesome", his mother, Jane, said. "He thought it was an incredible honour to have been nominated and it definitely got the 'thumbs up'," she said, referring her son's famous photographic pose.

Dame Maggie Smith, 79, famous for her acting roles as both Downton Abbey's Countess of Grantham and Harry Potter's Professor McGonagal, upgrades to a companion of honour for services to drama.

Daniel Day Lewis, 55, the Oscar-winning Lincoln actor, said he was "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure" to be adding a knighthood to his three best actor statuettes.

Meanwhile Homeland and Band of Brothers star Damian Lewis, 43, receives an OBE. "I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment," said Lewis, who did not expect Hollywood to be impressed. "I don't think our republican cousins quite understand our honours system or are that bothered about it.".

Lewis is currently filming the BBC's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell historical novels, so it is apt that the two-times Man Booker prize winner is also honoured. Mantel, 61, previously a CBE, is now a dame, and professed herself delighted.

She saw it, she said, "not so much as a reward for the past, more as encouragement for the future".

Author Hilary Mantel says she sees the honour 'not so much as a reward for the past, more as encouragement for the future'. Photograph: Colin Mcpherson

Also made dames are fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, and professor Jessica Corner, head of health sciences at Southampton university.

MBEs were awarded to the Torchwood and West End star John Barrowman, signer songwriter Cerys Matthews, 45, formerly of Catatonia and a radio and TV presenter, and Nicola Clarke, chair of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation.

Author Hunter Davies, 78, who wrote the only authorised biography of the Beatles in 1968, and who describes himself as "a hack who got lucky", is made an OBE. His wife, novelist Margaret Forster, was unimpressed, he said. "She said that if it had been a knighthood she would have divorced me."

Classical pianist András Schiff is among those knighted. As are veteran eurosceptic MP Bill Cash, 74, and Tory grandee Nicholas Soames, 66. Meanwhile Dawn Primarolo, 60, Labour MP for Bristol South, becomes a dame.

In sport, golfer Laura Davies is given a damehood. Gold medal winners at the Sochi winter Olympics are rewarded. Skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold, visually-impaired skier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans are made MBEs. An OBE goes to Wales rugby head coach Warren Gatland, with England women's cricket captain Charlotte Edwards receiving a CBE and her deputy Jenny Gunn an MBE.

There is also a long-awaited knighthood for outspoken neuroscientist and animal activist target Professor Colin Blakemore, 70, who was "delighted and surprised". In December 2003 he threatened to resign as chief executive of the Medical Research Council (MRC) over his apparent deliberate exclusion from the forthcoming honours. Normally it is automatic for an MRC CEO to be knighted.

Leaked government documents suggested the snub was due to his high-profile association with animal experiments. Currently director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London's School of Advanced Study, he said: "This is the cream on the cake – final evidence that things have changed right to the top of society.

A CBE goes to former Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Elizabeth Filkin, author of the controversial report on the relationship between the police and the media in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

In the diplomatic list, BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet receives an OBE for services to British broadcast journalism.

A total of 1,149 people are included in the honours. Some 11% of the awards are for work in education, including knighthoods for national pupil-premium champion John Dunford and political historian and head of Wellington College Anthony Seldon. Health makes up 8% of the honours.

Women receive 49% of the honours, after the New Year honours earlier this year became the first in which there were more women on the list than men.

The British Empire Medal, resurrected in June 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, goes to 300 of the honours recipients, including 19-year-old George Fielding, chair, ambassador and Kidz Board member of disabled children's charity Whizz-Kidz, as well as 99-year-old Ethel Dobbins, who gets one for her service to the community in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire.