Lincs Oscar winner Jim Broadbent to be honoured by BGU

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The Oscar-winning Lincolnshire-born actor Jim Broadbent will receive an honorary doctorate from Bishop Grosseteste University at a ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral this week.

Mr Broadbent will join 1,127 students who will be graduating from BGU on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July.

He will give an address to students and receive his honorary degree at a ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral at 2.30pm on Wednesday 20th July.

One of England’s most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born in Holton-cum-Beckering near Market Rasen and still has close connections with the county.

He is Honorary President of the Lindsey Rural Players, whose home is the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby; his father Roy was involved in the conversion of the Methodist chapel to a theatre in 1971.

He is well known for his many TV and film appearances including Only Fools and Horses, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Gangs of New York, Hot Fuzz, Cloud Atlas and the Harry Potter series as well as a handful of British independent films.

In 2002 he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of John Bayley in Iris and a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his performance as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge.

“We are pleased and indeed privileged to be welcoming Jim Broadbent to the university and the cathedral this week,” said the Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University.

“Jim is a man who remains proud of his Lincolnshire roots and it will give us all great pleasure to recognise and applaud his success.

“His presence at our awards ceremony will also, I hope, inspire the many students on our BA (Hons) Drama in the Community and Applied Drama courses who will be graduating this week. They will no doubt be hoping that some of his success will perhaps rub off on them!”

Four awards ceremonies take place at Lincoln Cathedral on Wednesday 20th July and Thursday 21st July.