Actor David Jason, who played wheeler dealer Del Boy in the BBC's Only Fools and Horses, has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Arise! Sir Del Boy
BBC Radio 2's Terry Wogan gets an honorary knighthood and actress Dame Judi Dench is a Companion of Honour.
There is an OBE for singer and Live 8 co-organiser Midge Ure, footballer Les Ferdinand gets an MBE and cricketer Basil D'Oliveira a CBE.
The 894-strong list also honours scores of "ordinary" people.
BBC correspondent Frank Gardner, who was injured by militants in Saudi Arabia last year, has been made an OBE for services for journalism. The reporter was shot six times at point-blank range in June 2004.
Sir David, who already has an OBE, was a TV favourite playing the role of Granville, the put-upon shop assistant in Ronnie Barker's Open All Hours.
But he achieved legend status as Derek "Del Boy" Trotter, followed by more successes in The Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost.
He said he was "delighted and humbled" to be made a sir.
"It is totally unexpected and I can only hope it will bring a little pleasure to the viewing public as it has brought great pleasure to me and my family."
Irish citizen Wogan also expressed "delight" at his honour.
The 66-year-old, who has been a fixture of the airwaves for 40 years, said: "I am surprised and delighted that Her Majesty has given me this honour. I hope I can prove worthy of it."
His award, an honorary knighthood, is given to non-British citizens who have made an important contribution to British life.
Service to music
Former Ultravox singer Midge Ure is honoured for his services to music and charity, after helping Bob Geldof plan this year's Live 8 concerts and organise Live Aid 20 years ago.
He also co-wrote and produced the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas? with Geldof in 1984.
Midge Ure was one of the driving forces behind Live Aid
Other stars honoured from the world of music include Queen guitarist Brian May, who is made a CBE for his services to music.
In business, out-going chief executive of British Airways Rod Eddington receives a knighthood for his services to aviation.
In sport, former England striker Ferdinand is commended for his services to sport, as is cricketer D'Oliveira, whose exclusion and subsequent reinstatement to the England squad's 1968 tour of South Africa helped publicise the burgeoning anti-apartheid campaign.
MI5 chief honoured
MI5 boss Elizabeth Manningham-Buller becomes Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath and there is a knighthood for Hugh Orde, Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Gus O'Donnell, permanent secretary at the Treasury, and former press secretary to John Major when he was prime minister, becomes a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is knighted for his services to the community and inter-faith relations.
Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, also receives a knighthood for services to the Muslim community, to charity and to community relations.
BBC chat show host and radio presenter Jonathan Ross is granted an OBE for services to broadcasting.
There is also an MBE for Peter Seabrook, a regular broadcaster on Gardeners' Question Time, Pebble Mill at One and Gardeners' World, and gardening editor of The Sun newspaper since 1977.
The honours list, drawn up by Downing Street, includes several awards for teachers, in keeping with the government's resolve to keep education at the top of its priorities.
These include a knighthood for Pritpal Singh, head teacher of Drayton Manor High School in Ealing, west London, and a damehood for Maureen Brennan, head teacher of Hillcrest School and Community College, in Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands.
For ordinary people working at "the sharp end", Downing Street awards MBEs to Moira Brown, lollipop lady at Millersneuk Primary School in Lenzie, Renfrewshire, and to Doreen Sweeney, a platform assistant with South Eastern Trains, based at Bexleyheath in Kent.
Downing Street said more than 500 of the honours, about 60%, were given to people involved in one way or another in voluntary service - the highest number so far.