- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 9, 2010

LONDON (AP) - Actor John Nettles, who catches killers on the British TV series “Midsomer Murders,” has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.

Nettles plays Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby in the long-running mystery show, set in the fictional rural county of Midsomer.

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, in a ceremony Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

The 67-year-old also played a policeman in the 1980s show “Bergerac.”

Nettles said he was honored to receive the award, which also goes to firefighters, lifesavers and other “real-life heroes.”

He joked that “I’ve been very brave confronting so many dead bodies over the years.”

He is scheduled to leave “Midsomer Murders” next year after 15 years.