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Thursday 25 December 2014

Thompson's degree 'best role yet'

Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law joked around as they received honorary degrees
Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law joked around as they received honorary degrees

Emma Thompson has said receiving an honorary degree alongside her mother Phyllida Law is their "best starring role together".

The acting duo were awarded honorary doctorates in drama from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow and joked that they will now demand to be addressed as doctors as they posed for photos in their graduation robes and signed autographs for fans.

Nanny McPhee star Emma won an Oscar for her lead role in 1992's Howards End and a second Academy Award in 1996 for best adapted screenplay for Sense And Sensibility.

The pair have starred in several films together, including The Winter Guest, but sharing a stage at the RCS graduation topped the bill.

Emma said: "It was so much fun. It's our best starring role together, definitely. We've not received anything like this before and we both feel slightly fraudulent because when I told my son he asked 'how many essays did you have to right to get that?'

"So we feel really lucky that we now get to put 'doctor' in front of our names and pretend we're important.

"We've both had so much work as actors and are still working so to get a degree for it is great. I suppose in a sense it's a reward for hanging in there. So many actors fall by the wayside so maybe this is recognition because we're still going.

Phyllida joked: "It's certainly not for our looks. It's a dreadful mistake to be born exquisitely beautiful because it wears off by 28. Thankfully we didn't need to worry about that."

The 81-year-old will receive a second degree when she becomes honorary doctor of letters from Glasgow Caledonian University later in the week.

Emma is married to Royal Conservatoire alumnus Greg Wise and said she is delighted to keep up the family tradition, even if her husband is not. "Greg graduated from here in the 80s or 90s and he's fit to be dead and spitting feathers at home because he had to do so much work and exams to get his degree and we just had to turn up to become doctors."

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