Beale, one of the most acclaimed stars of British theatre, is knighted for services to drama after a career spanning four decades.
Her first notable role came in the sitcom Peep Show, where she played Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell's neurotic lead character.
British-Sri Lankan rapper and political activist MIA, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, and Andrew Roachford, the singer-songwriter behind the band Roachford and a singer in supergroup Mike + The Mechanics, are also made MBEs for services to music.
Comedian and television presenter Griff Rhys Jones's services to charity and entertainment have been recognised with an OBE.More news: Iran Says Europe In No Position To Criticize Its Military Capabilities
He said: 'It is a very great honour and I think my mother, were she alive, would be very proud'.
Other names - who will now have to add CBE whenever they write their title down - include thriller novelist Lee Child, domestic violence expert Professor Charlotte Watts and pianist Joanna MacGregor.
There was also an OBE for TV adventurer Bear Grylls, 45, the Chief Scout.
Nimco Ali and Doctor Leyla Hussein, who were both victims of female genital mutilation as children, were given OBEs for their efforts in combating the practice.
Among this year's honorees were seven Holocaust survivors awarded British Empire medals for services to Holocaust education: Walter Kammerling, 95, Ernest Simon, 89, Gabrielle Keenaghan, 92, Ruzena Levy, 89, Ann Kirk, 90, Bob Kirk, 94, and George Hans Vulkan, 89.More news: BB gun sparked Capital Pride chaos, according to DC police report
The youngest person honoured is 17-year-old Richard Collins, who is also given a BEM for services to the community in Cookstown, County Tyrone.
The teenager set up a group for people with Asperger syndrome.
Rachel Whiteread, 56, the artist and sculptor famous for her casts of objects, particularly that of a Victorian terrace house which won her the Turner prize, is being made a Dame.
Former Network Rail programme director Simon Blanchflower is made a CBE despite last year's controversy surrounding the same honour being awarded to the outgoing head of the organisation, Mark Carne, in the midst of rail disruption.
Alfie Boe is one such name who receives an OBE for services to music and charity.More news: Marvel’s Avengers, Leaked the Release Date?
"So to receive this kind of very public honour is a huge thrill". She was given the award under her real name Sarah Sinclair.