Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson and Clare Balding are among the TV stars who have been recognised by the Queen in this year’s Birthday Honours list.

Blackaddder star Tony – best known as Baldrick in the classic TV show – has been knighted in recognition of his public and political service, while co-star Rowan Atkinson – who played the title character – has been made a CBE.

Both were quick to express their delight at the honour, with Tony saying he was ‘thrilled, flattered and a little gobsmacked’.

The 66-year-old, who also presented Channel 4’s Time Team, said: “I’ll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage 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.”

Rowan, meanwhile, called his CBE “a genuine surprise and a great honour”.

There were also accolades for Clare Balding – who was made an OBE for her services to journalism, following her coverage of 2012’s Olympic and Paralympic Games – while former Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey was made a CBE for her services to the transport industry and charity.

Others on the list included Daybreak co-host Aled Jones and TV comedian Rob Brydon – both of whom have become MBEs.