Arise Sir Big Yin: the famously foul-mouthed and anarchic comedian Billy Connolly, whose 75th year has already been marked with towering gable-end mural portraits in his native Glasgow, has been knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Connolly has in the past been teased and even heckled for his friendship with members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, but once said: “I’m not going to throw away the hand of friendship to suit 100 Trotskyites in Glasgow.”
The comedian and actor is honoured for his services to entertainment and charity, and his knighthood will join a list of other awards he has earned over his career.
In 2003 he was presented with a Bafta lifetime achievement award and a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, and in 2010 he was given the highest honour Glasgow could bestow upon him – the freedom of the city. Two years…
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