Biles, Washington get highest US honour

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Gymnast Simone Biles is among 17 people to be awarded a US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2022. -AP

Denzel Washington and Olympian Simone Biles are among the list of famous faces to be awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House has announced.

The Oscar-winning actor and director joins a list of 17 recipients of the accolade, which is the highest civilian honour that can be bestowed in the US.

It is presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavours.

As well as Washington, other celebrities include two Olympic gold-medal winners - footballer Megan Rapinoe and gymnast Simone Biles.

Apple founder Steve Jobs is to be presented with the honour posthumously.

The awards will be presented at the White House on July 7.