Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill are among the Olympic stars recognised in a New Year Honours list which also includes big names from the entertainment world.
Rio 2016 men’s tennis champion Murray and double gold-winning athlete Farah receive knighthoods, while heptathlete Ennis-Hill becomes a dame.
A host of Paralympians also receive honours, including 11-times gold medallist dressage rider Lee Pearson who receives a knighthood.
Veteran comic Ken Dodd said he felt “highly tickled” to receive a knighthood at the age of 89.
‘Dream come true’
From the world of music, The Kinks frontman Ray Davies and opera singer Bryn Terfel receive knighthoods.
So too does actor Mark Rylance, the Wolf Hall and Bridge of Spies star recognised for services to the theatre. Patricia Routledge, best known for playing Hyacinth Bucket in TV’s Keeping Up Appearances, is made a dame for services to theatre and charity.
Murray said he could not get used to the knighthood, adding: “I feel more still like Andy Murray, [that] feels obviously more normal to me but it’s obviously a big honour and happy with that, a nice way to finish or start the New Year.”