When you think about it, the Queen giving out royal honours on her birthday is a bit like throwing a party for yourself and giving your guests the presents. Not that we don't want one, of course...
The actor, who has been playing Eric Pollard on the soap for over 30 years, is being awarded a British Empire Medal, adding a BEM to his name.
The medal is awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown, and speaking about the recognition, Chittell said: "When I first heard I would be receiving this honour I couldn't quite believe it.
"Then I thought of the hundreds of people I have met along the way who give up their time for others and are not set to receive an accolade, so I share this with them.
"I am overwhelmed I've been given this for my drama and charity work."
In the soap, Pollard has recently been involved in a shock car crash that left him fighting for his life, but he's now all mended up and currently berating David Metcalfe for his handling of the Maya Stepney/Jacob Gallagher situation and for getting back with Leyla Harding.
Emmerdale currently airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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