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25 June 2013

Hackney people noted and knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

HACKNEY-born actor and former resident Tony Robinson has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The actor – best known as Baldrick, the faithful dogsbody in BBC comedy Blackadder, as well as 
a history TV presenter – received the honour 
for his public and 
political service.

He helped modernise the acting union Equity during his time as its vice president, and took a place on Labour’s National Executive Committee 
in 2000.

Robinson, 66, said: “I’m thrilled, flattered and a little gobsmacked to have received this recognition from my country. I’ll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage in our society, 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.”

Others on the list included the Hackney duo who created the London 2012 Olympic torch. Edward Barbar and Jay Osgerby will receive OBEs for services to design. Based at studios in Shoreditch, Jay called it ‘a defining moment’ 
in his career. Edward added that it was a fantastic surprise.

Marie Tejani, founder of Yaarah Schools – which works to improve village schools in Africa – was awarded an MBE for services to education and charity.

Tony Robinson as Baldrick in Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie

Tony Robinson as Baldrick in Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie

Tony Robinson as Baldrick in Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie

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