Ronnie Corbett receives big honour
Ronnie Corbett has received a CBE for services to entertainment and charity in the New Year Honours.
The 81-year-old comedian who already has an OBE, is best known for starring in BBC comedy show The Two Ronnies with Ronnie Barker. It began in 1971 and ran for 12 series over 16 years.
Diminutive Ronnie decided to go into showbusiness after playing the wicked aunt in a youth club pantomime in Edinburgh and, after doing his national service in the air force, started his career with bit parts in film and theatre.
But it was while performing as part of Danny La Rue's cabaret show at Winston's in London, a spell he describes as "very important" to his career, that he was first spotted by David Frost, who asked him to appear in sixties satire The Frost Report.
The Edinburgh-born comedian first rose to fame alongside John Cleese and Ronnie Barker on the show.
Ronnie, who has spent 60 years in entertainment, has not been shy of joining forces with the next generation of comic talent.
Much to the public's delight, he appeared as a mischievous version of himself in an episode of Extras five years ago, in which he snorts cocaine during the Baftas.
This summer he presented a two-part series, Ronnie Corbett's Comedy Britain, in which he delved into the comedy archive to find out who inspired stars such as The Office's co-creator Stephen Merchant, sitcom star Miranda Hart and Peep Show duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
Ronnie, who married actress and dancer Anne Hart in 1965, said in August: "My extremely happy marriage is the spine of the whole thing. I have a contented life with two lovely daughters, so that makes it all rather special."