In a shock move, the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award 2012 has gone to a personality.

Beating off fierce competition from lack-of-personalities like Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins' personality collected the award last night.

His is believed to be the first personality to win the award since Paul Gascoigne picked up the prize in 1990 (Gascoigne being the first personality to win since Daley Thompson in 1982).

"My personality and I are delighted to accept the award," said Tour de France winner Wiggins. "All those years of hard work - growing my sideburns, getting into the mod stuff, and actually cultivating interests and opinions - have finally paid off."

In previous years, the award has gone to lack-of-personalities such as Steve Ovett, Michael Owen, Nigel Mansell and Greg Rusedski. Female non-personalities to win the award are far rarer, but include Paula Radcliffe in 2002.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins with David Beckham (left) and The Duchess of Cambridge during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Idris Elba performs on stage during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Members of Team GB and Paralympic GB, Victoria Pendleton (left) Jonnie Peacock and Louis Smith (right) accept the Award for winner of team of the year which went to Team GB and Paralympic GB during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Members of Team GB and Paralympic GB, Victoria Pendleton (left) and Jonnie Peacock accept the Award for winner of team of the year which went to Team GB and Paralympic GB during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins (centre) accepts his award onstage from The Duchess of Cambridge (left) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and David Beckham during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and David Beckham during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge walks out to present Lord Sebastian Coe with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and David Beckham during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge presents Lord Sebastian Coe with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Jessica Ennis with her Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012 award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins gives his victory speech during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winner of Overseas Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Usain Bolt is seen via video link on the large screen during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Lord Sebastian Coe speaks during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins kisses the trophy during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and David Beckham during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis receives her award from the The Duchess of Cambridge (right) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge presents Lord Sebastian Coe with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins gives his victory speech watched by The Duchess of Cambridge during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Third placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Andy Murray is seen on videolink accepting his award from Lennox Lewis (left) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    David Beckham during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins (second left) gives his victory speech watched by The Duchess of Cambridge and Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis (right) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Sir Steve Redgrave (centre left) and Steve Cram (right) embrace Lord Sebastian Coe during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    David Brailsford speaks during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis with her award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis with The Duchess of Cambridge (left) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Jessica Ennis after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins gives his victory speech watched by The Duchess of Cambridge during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Jessica Ennis after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins accepts his award onstage from The Duchess of Cambridge during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge (right) and Jessica Ennis during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

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    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins (centre) accepts his award onstage watched by (left to right) Gary Lineker, Sue Barker, The Duchess of Cambridge, Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis and David Beckham during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Idris Elba performs on stage during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Award for winner of team of the year, Team GB and Paralympic GB, is presented by Sir Roger Bannister to Victoria Pendleton during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Fabrice Muamba (right) talks to Gary Lineker during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Members of Team GB and Paralympic GB, Victoria Pendleton (left) Jonnie Peacock and Louis Smith (right) accept the Award for winner of team of the year which went to Team GB and Paralympic GB during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Award for winner of team of the year, Team GB and Paralympic GB, is presented by Sir Roger Bannister to Victoria Pendleton during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winners of the Unsung Hero Award, Sue and Jim Houghton are presented their award by Fabrice Muamba (left) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    The Award for winner of team of the year, Team GB and Paralympic GB, is presented by Sir Roger Bannister to Victoria Pendleton watched by Jonnie Peacock (right) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Winners of the Unsung Hero Award, Sue and Jim Houghton with Sue Barker (right) and Fabrice Muamba during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    David Weir onstage during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Jessica Ennis on stage with Sue Barker (left) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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    Jessica Ennis on stage with Sue Barker (left) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

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