Baldrick beats Blackadder to knighthood in Queen's Birthday Honours

In a cunning plan, the man best known as Baldrick, Tony Robinson, has been knighted, while Blackadder co-star Rowan Atkinson is made a CBE Photo: BBC

He failed to impress one Queen Elizabeth and was constantly attacked by his master Blackadder, but in a cunning plan, the man best known for his role as Baldrick has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Actor Tony Robinson's honour is in recognition of his public and political service.

He vowed to use his knighthood to highlight causes he campaigns for - and "rescue any damsels in distress":

I'm thrilled, flattered and a little gob-smacked to have received this recognition from my country.

I'll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage in our society, and the plight of the infirm elderly and their carers.

I also pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help.

He trumps his Blackadder co-star Rowan Atkinson, who gets a CBE.

Mr Atkinson said the award came as a "genuine surprise and is a great honour."

The MBE for Adele rounds off an eventful few months for the singer: the 25-year-old became a mother in October, and has won a Grammy, a Brit Award and an Oscar already this year.

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Rowan Atkinson said his award came as a genuine surprise. Credit: Press Association

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MBEs went to singer-songwriter PJ Harvey and the Daybreak presenter Aled Jones.

Aled Jones with his Daybreak co-host Lorraine Kelly Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

I'm delighted and deeply honoured to be recognised.

I've been really lucky to have worked with amazing people during my time in the music and TV industry, and now have the privilege to wake the nation up on Daybreak every morning.

– Aled Jones

43-year-old Harvey famously became the first and only person to win the Mercury Music award on two occasions, picking it up for a second time in 2011, ten years after her first triumph.

PJ Harvey, awarded an MBE Credit: Press Association

Comedian Rob Brydon said he accepted his MBE "for short Welshmen everywhere."

The 48-year-old was one of the hosts of for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace, but is most famous for his role is Uncle Bryn in Gavin And Stacey.

Sports presenter Clare Balding was awarded an OBE in recognition of her widely praised Olympic coverage. The accolade comes just weeks after she collected an honorary Bafta. She said her OBE was the "pinnacle" of her year.

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Sculptor Anish Kapoor was awarded a knighthood.

Kapoor designed the 115m (377ft) ArceloMittal Orbit sculpture and observation tower in the Olympic Park.

Anish Kapoor Credit: Press Association

Also knighted was the former TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, for his services to industry and the economy.

Former TUC general secretary Brendan Barber
Former TUC general secretary Brendan Barber Credit: Press Association

He said he was happy to accept the honour as a recognition of the outstanding work of the trade union movement:

The trade union movement does outstanding work day in day out, making lives better for millions of ordinary people.

I regard this honour very much as recognition of that major contribution to the life of our nation.

The OBE is also given to Wendy Parry whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed in the Warrington Bombing in 1993 along with 3-year-old Jonathan Ball

Mrs Parry and her husband Colin then set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, working to support those affected by terrorism and conflict.

Wendy and Colin Parry set up a peace charity after their son was killed in the Warrington bomb. Credit: Press Association

Speaking on the 20 year anniversary of the tragic death of her son, she said:

Everything we have done in the past has been to keep Tim and Johnathan's names alive. This could be another thing that will help do that.

Novelist Jackie Collins was made an OBE for her services to the arts. Her sister Joan was given the honour in 1997. The 75-year-old is famous for her raunchy novels.

Novelist Jackie Collins.
Novelist Jackie Collins. Credit: Press Association

Among her best-sellers are her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, and The Stud, The Bitch and Hollywood Wives - all of which were filmed for cinema or TV.

Former ITV News presenter Julia Somerville was also commended, picking up an OBE for her working chairing the Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection.

Former ITV News presenter Julia Somerville has been given an OBE Credit: ITN

A total of 1,180 people receive awards in this year's Birthday Honours, including 556 women, 47% of the total.