Share this news

Billy Connolly was overcome with emotion as he picked up the Special Recognition gong at the National Television Awards last night.

The 73-year-old, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease last year, was welcomed to the stage at London’s O2 Arena by Dustin Hoffman, as two of his daughters watched from the audience.

Dustin had flown in from America especially for the occasion, and said he would always admire the comedian, and his close friend.

A collection of clips of comedians, actors and musicians paying tribute to Billy was also played.

These included Elton, who said: “His enduring quality is that he’s never lost that spark and he’s done other things than being a comedian. he’s a great musician, he’s done great documentaries.

“Billy you’ve been a really important part of my life and I can’t thank you enough for just being Billy.”

Peter Kay, Judi Dench and David Tennant were some of the others who saluted the entertainment veteran.