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Chichester theatre regular Penelope Keith is made a Dame

File photo dated 20/09/1981 of Penelope Keith (left) and Peter Bowles as Keith became a Dame  after being named in the New Year Honours list.Picture: PA Wire

File photo dated 20/09/1981 of Penelope Keith (left) and Peter Bowles as Keith became a Dame after being named in the New Year Honours list.Picture: PA Wire

Actress Penelope Keith said she was ‘elated, exhausted and thrilled’ as she followed some of the well-to-do characters she has played over the years by being made a Dame.

The 73-year-old, known for her crisp diction and roles in sitcoms such as To The Manor Born and The Good Life, receives her honour for services to the arts and to charity.

She is a regular performer at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has recently starred in several productions there.

Keith said of her honour: ‘It’s the big one. I had already got an OBE and then a CBE, so I don’t know what is better than the icing on the cake - but this is.’

The star, who was last week seen as Lady Catherine de Bourgh in BBC1’s Death Comes To Pemberley, added: ‘You know, I sort of feel elated, exhausted and thrilled.’

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