Liverpool-born Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has been made an Honorary Fellow of LJMU at a graduation ceremony at the Anglican Cathedral.
Cattrall was awarded her Fellowship for her outstanding and sustained contributions to the dramatic arts.
An award-winning actress, Cattrall has gained international recognition for her work in television, film and theatre. After her long and celebrated role in hit American series Sex and the City, Cattrall will be returning to the stage in Liverpool this autumn in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Playhouse.
Kim said it was thrilling to be back in Liverpool and was happy to receive such an honour.
“I am delighted to receive this Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University. The LJMU ethos encourages each student to dream, plan and achieve, an ambition I can truly relate to.
"The University does fantastic work for performing arts and media students, so it really is an honour to become an advocate for the University and its Screen School, which is committed to giving students a great start in the industry.”
Speaking about Kim’s award, Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Brown, said: “Kim is an inspiration to students for her success and also for the pride and support she has shown to Liverpool. As a driven, talented individual who hails from the city, we are delighted that she will join the LJMU family as an Honorary Fellow.”
The 53-year-old star was born in Mossley Hill and emigrated with her family at a young age to Canada. Cattrall has however stayed close to Liverpool and last year took part in the BBC programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ where she traced her local family roots. Many of them were with her today at the ceremony, including her mother, Shane Cattrall.
Other Honorary Fellows to be honoured this week include Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers fame, Hollyoaks mastermind and LJMU Honorary Professor Phil Redmond, Gavin and Stacey actress Alison Steadman, and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ director Richard Lester.
By Sam Rogers, Website Editor & Liam Deveney, Level 1 News Editor
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Cattrall wore the traditional cap and gown as she received an Honorary Fellowship at the ceremony