British actor Ricky Tomlinson is set to be honoured with the Freedom of his hometown of Liverpool, England.

The Mike Bassett: England Manager star will be presented with the civic honour by officials at Liverpool City Council in recognition of his screen and charity work.

Tomlinson says, "There can be no better feeling than being honoured by a place that you love to your bones, and I am literally bursting with pride."

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson adds, "As well as entertaining the nation as a versatile and talented actor, he has raised and donated millions of pounds to good causes and campaigned to raise the profile of hugely important issues...

"He embodies the very best attributes of the city - hugely passionate, opinionated and willing to speak up for and defend those who don't have a voice."