Bruce Forsyth becomes a Sir
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 June 2011
TV legend Bruce Forsyth has been given a knighthood after 72 years in the entertainment industry
Bruce Forsyth has been given a knighthood.
The 'Strictly Come Dancing' host - who has been in showbiz for 72 years - will now be known as a Sir after being named in the queen's birthday honours in recognition of his services to TV.
The 83-year-old star - who has been repeatedly overlooked for a knighthood - said: "I'm over the moon. Very proud, very honoured.
"I thought it would never happen."
Bruce - whose other hit shows include 'The Generation Game' and 'Play Your Cards Right' - admitted he and his wife Wilnelia never thought it would happen because the rumours have been going on about it for such a long time.
He said: "My wife Wilnelia is abroad at the moment but comes home tomorrow. I can't wait to go to the airport to welcome her back and call her 'My Lady'.
"We were doubtful because it's been going on so long, the speculation. We thought it might be a hoax so we did check all the way down the line that it was real."
BBC One controller Danny Cohen led the congratulations, saying: "Bruce Forsyth is a TV legend and a true gentleman. He is an incredible entertainer and this is a wonderful recognition of his 70 years in showbusiness."