Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has been awarded the 2019 Comic-Con icon award.

The 67-year-old actor is held in reverence by millions of fans worldwide, thanks to his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the much-loved film franchise.

He was honoured during a panel on Friday for being "instrumental in bringing comics and/or the popular arts to a wider audience".

Fans inside the famous Hall H at the San Diego Convention Centre were told Hamill had enjoyed a "long and dynamic career in so many areas of popular art" and was a "tireless advocate for comic books, animation and movies".

Fans gave Hamill, also known for lending his voice to supervillain the Joker in the Batman cartoons, a standing ovation while he accepted the prize.

He said: "This is just seems wildly excessive but it is very much appreciated."

Addressing the audience, Hamill, who first played rebel hero Luke Skywalker in 1977's Star Wars, added: "If it wasn't for you, I certainly wouldn't be standing here".

Previous winners of the icon award include British author Neil Gaiman, Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Marvel creator Stan Lee.

Hamill's award win, which had not been publicised and appeared to be a surprise to the winner, came during a panel for Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, which features his voice.

The fantasy series is a mix of puppetry and CGI and is a prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal and explores the world of Thra created in the original movie.