Film star honoured for a lifetime on the stage

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KENILWORTH’s resident film star has received an honorary degree from Warwick University in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement.

Earl Cameron was presented with the title Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) at Wednesday’s Winter Degree Ceremony as one of four “distinguished men and women who have made important contributions to cultural, intellectual, social, economic or political life”.

The university announced in December that it would present the honour to Mr Cameron who is famous for his roles in the James Bond film Thunderball and cult 60s TV series The Prisoner.

And the 95-year-old actor said after speaking at the university about his career in the past, he is delighted to accept and form closer links with the institution.

The father of five who lives on Southbank Road, went on to say that he was “honoured” with the recognition for his career and that he has loved every moment so far.

“Speaking to the KWN, he said “I received a CBE a few years back and had the theatre in Bermuda named after him, but nothing like this.

“It is quite an honour indeed and I must admit it came as a tremendous surprise to me to be asked.

“I suppose it is because of my career, I have been in over 40 films and have done a huge amount of radio and theatre work.

“But this recognition is wonderful and I am very honoured to accept.”

Mr Cameron attended the ceremony at the university with his wife Barbara, 77, and two daughters.

The actor was born in Bermuda began acting in the 1940s with a number of stage roles including in Coventry.

He became one of the first black actors to break the unofficial “colour bar” in the UK on film and TV and has gone on to star in over 40 films and countless stage and theatre productions.

His most major roles include appearing as Pinder Romania in James Bond Thunderball, Inception, The Interpreter and The Queen.

Earl has also appeared on a range of popular television shows including Danger Man, The Prisoner, Jackanory, Doctor Who, Lovejoy, Waking the Dead and Kavanagh QC.

In 2009, the star was awarded a CBE by the Queen and has since been given a lifetime achievement award. Last year a theatre was renamed in his honour in Bermuda.