ONE of Clydebank's most famous actors and the chief executive of West Dunbartonshire Council have been recognised in the New Year's honours list.

James Cosmo, known for his roles on the big and small screens, has been appointed an MBE for services to drama, while Joyce White becomes an OBE for services to local government, further education and girlguiding.

James Cosmo's roles have ranged from blockbusters such as Braveheart and Troy to this year's Wonder Woman as well as Trainspotting 2, partly filmed in Clydebank.

The 70-year-old is also known for his work on Game of Thrones and is regularly on screens in commercials for Bank of Scotland.

In 2016, he gave a special reading of The Holy City by playwright Stewart Conn at the 75th anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz.

Early in 2017, he was a favourite on Celebrity Big Brother, ultimately finishing third in the series. When he emerged from the house, he said: "It was fascinating to see how people from all sorts of aspects of life came together and separated and argued … For an actor, it was terrific to observe all that going on.”

Joyce Helen White was made chief executive of West Dunbartonshire Council in 2011 after working as executive director of corporate services for more than four years. Previous posts included Infratil Airports Europe, which was behind Glasgow Prestwick and two other international airports.

She was paid a total of £132,526 for 2016/17 according to council documents and is accountable for the work of about 5,500 council employees.

Other honours went to Moira Monaghan, who started teaching at Faifley Primary in 1979 before working for many years in Renfrewshire. She was named an OBE.

Alan Hughes, area convener for Glasgow Children's Panel, has been appointed an MBE for services to the hearings system in Scotland.

Meanwhile Jo Swinson, MP for neighbouring East Dunbartonshire, becomes a CBE.

Professor John Curtice, on screen at every election and whenever political polls appear, was recognised with a knighthood for services to social sciences and politics.