Sandi Toksvig says she is “honoured” to be recognised with an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

The gay comedian and broadcaster has been included in the honours list for her services to broadcasting.

She said: “I’m honoured to have been recognised in this way. Broadcasting is a team effort and I would like to pay tribute to all the writers, production and technical staff I’ve worked with over the years.”

The 55-year-old was born in Copenhagen.

She currently presents The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and 1001 Things You Should Know on Channel 4.

In 1994, Save the Children dropped her services as compere of its 75th-anniversary celebrations after she came out, following a direct action protest by the Lesbian Avengers, the charity subsequently apologised.

Toksvig is mother to three children: two daughters, Jessica and Megan, and a son Theo.

She lives on a houseboat in Wandsworth, south-west London, with her civil partner, psychotherapist Debbie Toksvig.