Edinburgh born performer Ronnie Corbett has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list where his OBE that he received in 1978 has been upgraded to a CBE.
The pint sized comedy legend shot to fame with Ronnie Barker as one of the much loved Two Ronnies. Ronnie Barker was also awarded an OBE in 1978, but passed away in 2005.
81 year old Corbett is a keen golfer and has been a favourite on British television since the 1950s.
Ronnie Corbett has appeared in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s series Extras and in the popular Matt Lucas and David Walliams show Little Britain. He also filled in for Sir Bruce Forsyth on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing in 2009.
He has done a lot of work for charities including the RNLI, Comic Relief and other causes.
Corbett, who has a home in East Lothian, started his career in showbusiness after service in the RAF, where he was the smallest officer because of his 5ft, one-and-a-half inch stature.
Corbett first worked with Barker on The Frost Report and the pair were given their own show in 1971. It ran until 1987 and included many famous sketches including the “four candles/fork handles” routine and their spoof news items which ended with their well known sign-off, “It’s a goodnight from me and it’s a goodnight from him.”
Corbett and his wife Ann Hart were married in 1965 and they have two daughters; Emily and Sophie.