British actor David Suchet has been named an Honorary Famous Belgian in recognition of his best-known role as fictional detective HERCULE POIROT.
The veteran star was presented with the rare accolade at a London ceremony hosted by Belgium's tourist board.
Suchet, who has played Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth on TV for more than 20 years, told the crowd he was touched by the honour.
He said, "One must not forget that Belgium came before Hercule Poirot."