Matthew Lewis, the actor made famous by his Neville Longbottom character in the Harry Potter franchise, has been awarded an honorary degree by Leeds Metropolitan University.

Lewis, who was born and bred in Leeds, was given an honorary Masters of the University on Tuesday for his "significant contribution to the arts and charity work".

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Look at him, all happy now he's sporting a cape and a weird hat again

On receiving the degree, Lewis said: "It’s a great honour to share this day with all the graduating students. Leeds is my home and this means an awful lot to me, I’m proud of the city and it’s a real privilege to receive this award from the university."

A spokesperson for the university said Lewis was joking how his girlfriend picked up a degree after a four-year teacher course while he got one for nothing.


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Big thanks to Leeds Metropolitan University for today. Everybody was charming. Congrats to all graduates who actually deserve their degrees!

"We had a great day with him yesterday," the spokesperson added.

Lewis is the latest name in a long starry list to be awarded a doctorate and joins the likes of Kylie Minogue, Fabrice Muamba and Aung San Suu Kyi to be honoured by a UK university.

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  • Matthew Lewis

    Aka Neville Longbottom, flies around with glee after getting his degree from Leeds Met

  • Fabrice Muamba

    Awarded an honorary doctorate from Bolton University and puts his new skills to use straight away

  • Susan Boyle

    But always known as Subo, gets an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University, where she studied caring

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    Now that's one woman who <em>does</em> deserve one

  • Kylie Minogue

    The singer at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Essex

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Fergie gets his robes in a twist at Stirling University

  • Jessica Ennis

    Ennis after being awarded an honorary degree from Sheffield University in her home city Sheffield

  • Kim Cattrall

    The Sex and the City siren picked one up from John Moores University in Liverpool