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Sir Lenny Henry dedicates knighthood to Comic Relief supporters

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Sir Lenny Henry dedicates knighthood to Comic Relief supporters

Sir Lenny Henry has dedicated his knighthood to everyone who has ever supported Comic Relief.

The 57-year-old comedian and co-founder of the charity was recognised for his services to drama and charity as he was knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle today (04.12.15), and dedicated the honour to the organisation's supporters.

He said: "I'm one of the pointy ends of it so I've been recognised as something, but the British public will all possibly get a turn at wearing this, because they're part of this too.

"And anybody who's given me work really, anybody who's elevated me to this position. There's a huge amount of gratitude there. I'm very thankful."

Elsewhere, 'Doc Martin' actor Martin Clunes was made an OBE for his services to drama, charity and the community in Dorset.

He said: "I love living in Dorset and because it was a choice I made to live there, I've invested my heart and soul in living there.

"To know that that registers in some way is nice."

The 54-year-old star first found out he was to receive the honour after being sent a "big brown envelope" from Lord Chamberlain's Office in the post.

He joked: "I slid it across to my wife because I thought it might be a speeding fine. Luckily it wasn't."

And Clunes is hoping he'll be able to wear his medal again in the future "without looking like a show off".

He added: "If I'm feeling sad or scared I might put my medal on at home and feel a bit better."