British Comedian and actor Lenny Henry looks set to become Sir Lenny after confirming he will receive a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours.
The star said he was “very chuffed” about the honour, which was first reported in the press at the weekend.
Speaking to Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, he said he had not expected the accolade.
“It’s not something you think about really when you grow up in Dudley. But it’s a fantastic thing,” he said.
The honours will be officially announced on Friday.
Henry said: “I’m being pummelled from all sides by my family, saying, ‘Do we get some land? Do we get a castle now? Do we get 100 men in plate armour following us around Dudley?’
“I’m very pleased. And my mum would have loved it.
“It is a wonderful thing and my family are really, really chuffed. My friends have not stopped ringing up and saying congratulations. It is an extraordinary thing and I’m very chuffed.”