DERBY-BORN Hollywood star Jack O’Connell is to receive an honorary degree from his home university.
Jack, who will become an honorary master of the arts, is one of six people to be selected by the University of Derby for the honours, which will be presented next January. Other degree recipients include former Olympian and badminton coach, Donna Kellogg and Richard Gerver, former head of Grange Primary in Long Eaton.
Jack O’Connell, 24, has shot to international prominence over the past decade following his film debut in 2006 in This Is England, three years after he took the part of James Cook in Skins on television. Starting his acting life in productions at St Benedict Catholic Academy, where he was pupil, Jack’s film credits include Eden Lake, Private Peaceful and 300: Rise of an Empire. His major breakthrough came with performances in the independent films Starred Up and ’71. But it was 2014 which saw him make the transition to Hollywood, taking his first leading role in the major studio picture Unbroken.
Jack, an ardent Derby County fan, said: “I feel a sincere level of gratitude for this honour I am presented with by the University of Derby. It’s an achievement, and one I feel I can be proud of. Up the Rams.”
Each year, notable people with a strong connection to the university or to the city are chosen to receive an honorary degree at the annual students’ awards ceremonies.
Congrats Jack for such an achievemen! Source