Winkler was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult and has toured schools in the UK for the last two years, talking about the learning difficulty with young children.
He has also written books for children about Hank Zipzer, a boy with dyslexia, whose experiences are based on the actor’s own struggles as an undiagnosed youth.
In a statement on the embassy’s website, Winkler said: “Receiving this honour is a very humbling experience.
“My goal when I started working with children was never to bring accolades on myself, but instead to change how people think about those around them for whom learning is a struggle. I am flattered to have had my work recognised in this manner, and hope to continue showing kids that their learning difficulty isn’t a disability.”
The UK honours system allows the Queen to bestow awards on non-British nationals for their contribution to the interests of the country.
As if giving us the Arthur “the Fonz” Fonzarelli wasn’t reason enough to be made an honorary OBE.