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Jeremy Irons received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree today, 3 November 2008, at a graduation ceremony at Southampton Solent University. There was a live webcast of the ceremony on the Southampton Solent University website. Jeremy looked very handsome, wearing what he wore to the UK Teaching Awards ceremony (the Hugo Boss suit and shirt he wore at the Toronto Film Festival, but with a gold tie.) During his acceptance speech, Jeremy congratulated the rest of the graduates for all of their hard work and said that he received his degree for doing “bugger all.” He also mentioned that he realizes how difficult obtaining a doctorate degree is, as his older brother Christopher, who is in Australia, has been trying to obtain his doctorate degree for the past ten years. Jeremy also encouraged those graduates receiving degrees in Visual Arts and Broadcasting to improve the state of television today.
Southampton Solent University is awarding an honorary degree to film, television and theatre actor Jeremy Irons who was born on the Isle of Wight.
He will receive an honorary degree of doctor of arts for his contribution to film, theatre, television and music.
The 60-year-old’s big break came with the role of John the Baptist in the musical Godspell in the 1970s.
He went on to play Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited and starred opposite Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
The star of stage and screen also won an Academy award for Best Actor in Reversal of Fortune and more recently an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in the television mini-series Elizabeth 1.