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It's Sir Count Dracula for actor Christopher Lee

 Actor Christopher Lee gives a speech during the
Actor Christopher Lee gives a speech during the 'Cinema For Peace 2009' charity gala at the 59th Berlinale film festival in Berlin February 9, 2009. Picture taken February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jens Kalaene/Pool
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By Matt Falloon

LONDON (Reuters) - Dracula actor Christopher Lee and British golfer Nick Faldo will receive knighthoods in the Queen's Birthday Honours List -- and a 93-year-old station master gets a nod too.

The 87-year-old Lee, famed for his role as the blood-sucking Count in the Hammer horror movie classics, has found popularity with more modern audiences by starring in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars" trilogies.

Former world No. 1 golfer Faldo has captained the European Ryder Cup team and won six majors during an illustrious career.

The Queen's twice-yearly list recognizes achievements in all walks of British life, from the rich and famous to community workers.

There are 984 nominations in all, more than 70 percent of whom are "local heroes."

They include 93-year-old Iris Horn, the volunteer railway station master in the dainty village of Stogumber in Somerset, who is honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Also recognized is the work of six lifeboat workers, three "lollipop ladies" who help schoolchildren cross the road and a funeral director.

There are MBEs for World Cup-winning England women's cricket captain Charlotte Edwards, badminton player Gail Emms and former England cricketer Graeme Hick, regarded by many as one of the most naturally gifted batsman of his generation.

The man who spotted the recession coming, ex-Bank of England arch-dove policymaker David Blanchflower, will be made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Blanchflower, who stepped down from the Monetary Policy Committee last month, spent much of the last year trying to persuade his fellow policymakers to slash interest rates to avoid a deep economic slump and mass unemployment.

"I am very pleased and honored," Blanchflower told Reuters.

Classical pianist Mitsuko Uchida will be made a Dame, TV chef Delia Smith gets a promotion to CBE from Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion will be knighted.

Michael Burgess, the coroner who conducted inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, will receive an OBE.

(Additional reporting by Sumeet Desai; Editing by Steve Addison)

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