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David Tennant to get honorary degree from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Published 25/04/2016

David Tennant is to be awarded an honorary drama doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
David Tennant is to be awarded an honorary drama doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Dr Who star David Tennant is to be awarded an honorary degree from his alma mater, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

He will be honoured at a graduation ceremony this summer along with world-renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne and internationally-distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum.

The Scots actor, who achieved cult fame for his portrayal of the 10th Doctor in Dr Who, will be awarded an honorary drama doctorate while Sir Matthew will receive the same honour for dance and Kirshbaum for music.

Tennant studied drama at the conservatoire from 1988 to 1991, when it was known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before going on to roles on stage and screen including performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring in the Bafta award-winning Broadchurch TV series.

Conservatoire principal Professor Jeffrey Sharkey said: "I am delighted that the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is to confer honorary degrees on these truly world-class and inspirational individuals.

"They represent the highest levels of artistry in their chosen disciplines and help promote international reach of the performing arts.

"It is fitting that such respected artists join the RCS family in the year that we are named in the world's top ten for performing arts education.

"We want to celebrate the exceptional achievements of David, Sir Matthew and Ralph, and the profound impact they have on individuals and audiences around the world ."

The honorary degrees will be awarded at a ceremony on July 5.

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