Councillors have voted to grant Dudley-born comedian and actor Lenny Henry the Freedom of his home borough in recognition of his services to charity.
The star is the first celebrity to be given the freedom of the West Midlands town of Dudley, which has previously reserved the honour for members of the military and long-serving councillors.
Dudley Council leader David Sparks said: “The council wanted to recognise Lenny’s services to entertainment and also recognise his outstanding contribution to global fundraising.
“Lenny is a comic who has dealt with racism through his comedy in a sensitive and constructive way and he is undoubtedly truly deserving of this honour.
“We now look forward to welcoming Lenny home later in the year to present him with his Freedom of the Borough scroll.”Henry, a trustee of the Comic Relief charity, received a CBE from the Queen in 1999.