Michael Sheen awarded honourary degree

Wednesday October 17, 2012

When Welsh actor Michael Sheen turned up for fellow countryman Richard Burton's diary unveiling, the last thing he expected to receive was an honourary degree.

Attending an exhibition of the actor's diaries in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Michael was celebrating the 704 page volume of Richard's life when a lecturer from Swansea University stepped forward to the lectern.

Swansea University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies then bestowed the honour on The Queen star.

"These awards are conferred on individuals in recognition of outstanding achievement and contribution to the University or region," he said.

"Michael Sheen has achieved extraordinary success internationally. But he has never forgotten his roots and has found many ways to give something back to our part of the world. We are therefore delighted to honour him with this award."

Michael said: "I'm thrilled to receive this honorary degree, particularly as it comes from Swansea, the city that I grew up closest to and where I had some of the happiest times of my youth.

"I am so proud to still be involved with so many groups and organisations in the West Glamorgan area and so to be honoured by Swansea University in this way is especially meaningful for me."

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