Dinnerladies star Anne Reid gets honorary degree from University of Sunderland

Anne Reid.
Anne Reid.
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One of Britain’s best-known actors has been honoured by a university in her native North East.

Anne Reid, MBE, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Sunderland in recognition of her distinguished acting career in film, theatre and television.

She is known for her roles in Coronation Street, Dinnerladies – written by fellow Sunderland honorary graduate Victoria Wood – and Last Tango in Halifax.

Brought up in Redcar, she attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then worked in repertory theatre, with her first major acting role being Valerie Tatlock on Coronation Street from 1961.

She has appeared in Doctor Who, Casualty, Shameless, Upstairs Downstairs, Doc Martin, Our Zoo and TV adaptations of Bleak House and Jane Eyre, and was nominated for a BAFTA for her role in the film Life and Death on Long Island.

She has also appeared in Hot Fuzz and Cemetery Junction and was the voice of Wendolene in Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave.

She said: “I’m so amazed.

“I haven’t even got an A-level and when I told my son I was going to be doctor, he laughed and said I’d be the most qualified person in the family.”

University vice-chancellor Shirley Atkinson, said: “Our honoraries have all made highly-significant contributions within their fields, and will inspire our graduates as they celebrate their academic success and embark on their careers.

“We are proud to pay tribute to them.”