Honorary degree for Lincolnshire’s Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent, pictured after receiving an honourary degree from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln this summer.
Jim Broadbent, pictured after receiving an honourary degree from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln this summer.
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Lincolnshire’s oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent received an honorary doctorate from Bishop Grosseteste University at a ceremony in Lincoln Cathedral yesterday (Wednesday).

He told reporters: “It’s a great honour – I’m surprised to be here!”

Lincolnshire's Oscar-winning actor Jim broadbent has received an honorary degree at BGU (photo by Emily Bennett / BGU) EMN-160721-110915001

Lincolnshire's Oscar-winning actor Jim broadbent has received an honorary degree at BGU (photo by Emily Bennett / BGU) EMN-160721-110915001

“I never thought I’d get a degree and graduate so I’m thrilled to be here in the cathedral, which has been a big reference point in my whole life.”

And he had this advice for the drama students graduating.

“Try everything, spread your net wide and get as many experiences as possible. While you’re young is the time to do it so make the most of it!”

One of England’s most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was borj at Holton cum beckering near Market Rasen.

Lincolnshire's Oscar-winning actor Jim broadbent has received an honorary degree at BGU (photo by Emily Bennett / BGU) EMN-160721-110929001

Lincolnshire's Oscar-winning actor Jim broadbent has received an honorary degree at BGU (photo by Emily Bennett / BGU) EMN-160721-110929001

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.

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