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Actor John Nettles is given honorary doctorate

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

Actor John Nettles with his honorary doctorate on Plymouth Hoe yesterday

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Actor John Nettles – best-known for his roles in Bergerac and Midsomer Murders – yesterday received an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University.

Mr Nettles, famous for playing Jim Bergerac and Detective Tom Barnaby, lives near Holsworthy in North Devon and was honoured with a doctorate of art as part of the university's 150th anniversary graduation celebrations.

He joined hundreds of students, their friends and families at a ceremony in the graduation marquee on Plymouth Hoe.

Mr Nettles, who grew up in St Austell, Mid Cornwall, was roundly cheered by graduates as he entered the marquee, and stopped after the ceremony to talk and have pictures taken with many of them and their families.

"It is absolutely terrific to receive this honorary doctorate, and fantastic to be back on Plymouth Hoe as I have not been here for many years," he said. "My father used to bring me here, show me the statue of Sir Francis Drake and I used to pretend to be him."

Others to receive honorary doctorates include Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, who lives near Exeter, who was presented with an honorary doctorate of science earlier this week.

Much-loved television presenter Angela Rippon will be awarded her doctorate of arts later today.

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