Saturday 24 March 2018

Arise, Sir Baldrick: actor Tony lands knighthood ahead of old boss Rowan

Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson in Blackadder
Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson in Blackadder

Andy McSmith

AS Baldrick once said: "It's all right, Blackadder, you don't have to curtsey or anything."

Tony Robinson, the diminutive actor, presenter and political activist who rose to fame in the 1980s as the put-upon manservant in the 'Blackadder' series, is now Sir Tony.

His knighthood is one of more than 1,000 awards that make up the Queen's Birthday Honours list, announced last night. The reward is for public and political service.

Yet Rowan Atkinson, whose title character, Edmund Blackadder, bullied, shoved and ordered Baldrick about throughout the various series, has been made only a CBE, the next-highest order, for "services to drama and charity".

Sir Tony (66) said he was "thrilled, flattered and a little gobsmacked" to get the honour, adding: "I also pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."

Atkinson (58) said his CBE came as a "genuine surprise and is a great honour".

Another honouree is singer Adele (25), who has shattered numerous chart records and sang 'Skyfall', the theme tune to last year's James Bond movie. She has been made an MBE. (© Independent News Service)

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