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Video: Actress Keeley Hawes proud to pick up honorary doctorate from UCS in front of her children and husband Matthew Macfadyen

16:22 22 October 2014

Actor Keeley Hawes recieves an honorary degree from UCS.

Actor Keeley Hawes recieves an honorary degree from UCS.

The latest graduate of University Campus Suffolk has said she was “completely stunned” when told she would be honoured by the institution six months ago.

And after picking up her doctorate at Ipswich Town Hall yesterday Keeley Hawes said everyone involved in the ceremony had “been really generous and kind”.

The Spooks and Ashes to Ashes actress is one of several people receiving honorary awards from the university during their ceremonies this week.

Like the hundreds of others picking up their certificates Hawes was watched by her husband, fellow actor Matthew Macfadyen, and three children.

After the ceremony she said: “They looked very proud. It’s a very big day, it’s been absolutely amazing.

“I was really touched, really genuinely thrilled and honoured to be receiving this.

“I got an email about six months ago saying they’d like to give this to me. I was completely stunned, it came out of the blue.

Hawes was chosen to receive the doctorate because of her position as ambassador for Childnet International, a charity working to make sure children stay safe on the internet and has worked on this with UCS.

She said the doctorate would help to raise the profile of the organisation and awareness of the issues it tackles.

“Anything that goes towards raising their profiles is good. They’ve been working with Dr Emma Bond who gave the oratory today on me which was very lovely and flattering.

“She’s looking at children’s safety on the internet and broadening the way that we work.”

During her speech to the other graduates Hawes said: “I am extremely lucky in my chosen career to work with some amazing people.

“I recently was fortunate enough to work with a real heroine of mine, Dame Judi Dench, and she said something to me that really struck a chord.

“She said ‘when you stop laughing it’s all over’. And I really think she’s right. Whatever field we choose to devote our lives to, be it entertainment or any of the social sciences, it always comes down to the same thing – to be successful and to be happy we have to enjoy what we do.

“So here’s to you. Please enjoy what you do because you are brilliant, you are an inspiration.”

5 comments

  • 'Maria' have you noticed how your comment is in the minority? That means that more people incensed by this award have made the effort to comment than those who are for it (i.e. you at the time of writing this). Even governments don't get 75%. And, yes, we all know that celebs do charity work; it is a 'self-fulfilling prophecy' to become famous and so be called a 'celeb' and then to be asked to do charity work. What about all the people who spend many hours a week working for no pay in charity shops or working in many other charity roles; where are their doctorates? So those who EARN their University qualifications and those who work voluntarily for no pay get no mention and no 'free' doctorates BUT those who are called 'celebs' suddenly become entitled. Crazy.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Wow, really stunned by the negativity of the comments. Yea right people, you know better to whom to give out doctorates, all right. The university made their choice based on the important charity work Keeley is performing, didn't you read that? You're just so plain jealous that she has it all, and you probably nothing, and now she receives a doctorate because the university sees it right to give it to her. Just shut up, you're disgusting.

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    Maria Virokhovsky

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Well said 'Alison Garnham'; I want to read about those who EARNED their awards by years of study and not so-called celebs who gets them because UCS and similar organisations think it makes them seem grander, when it fact it makes them seem ridiculous and sycophantic. On the subject of sycophancy, I guess our local papers were at UCS to beg an interview with a celeb. They cannot send a photographer out for anything important but show them a celeb and they run salivating.

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Just wondered where the pictures are of the hundreds of hard working students who slaved for years under financial strain to earn there degrees?

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    Alison Garnham

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Ah yes, the woman who told this very paper, “Having failed in almost every single subject I took at school, I can’t tell you how genuinely thrilling it is to actually receive something that makes me feel a little bit clever." Because she's stupid enough to think she's being given an un-earned doctorate for her intelligence, rather than because some high-up at UCS fancied hob-nobbing with a luvvie.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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