Bradley Wiggins has been named this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

More than 1.5 million people voted in the poll, which saw tennis player Andy Murray receive the third place award and gold medal winner Jessica Ennis runner up.

Cyclist Wiggins, who was presented with his award by the Duchess of Cambridge and David Beckham, said: “I want to say thank you to all those people who picked the phone up and voted.

“What an honour to be stood on the stage with these people next to me.

“I'd like to say thank you to my team-mates because without them I wouldn't be stood on this stage.”

Lord Seb Coe was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award, which was presented to him by the Duchess of Cambridge.

And Team GB won the Team of the Year gong for their achievements in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Former Bolton Wanderers miracle man Fabrice Muamba was one of the guests at the glittering awards ceremony.

The 24-year-old was greeted on stage by friends, including Whites' skipper Kevin Davies, and some of the medical staff who saved his life when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch against Tottenham Hotspur in March.

An emotional Fabrice said: “I'm honoured to be among these great sportsmen and women.”

The former midfielder, who has been forced to retire because of his condition, thanked those who had saved his life.

Fabrice, who presented the Unsung Hero award, added: “I will be forever in their debt. They did a great job on me and I'm very thankful for that.”