David Morrissey to be awarded Honorary Doctor of Arts

David Morrissey to receive Honorary Doctor of Arts Image Credit: Screencapped.net (Season 3) - Cass
David Morrissey to receive Honorary Doctor of Arts Image Credit: Screencapped.net (Season 3) - Cass /

The University of Gloucestershire has named David Morrissey among outstanding individuals to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts. The Doctorate will be awarded during this year’s graduation ceremonies in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Over 2,000 students will have an opportunity to see The Walking Dead’s Governor in person!

David Morrissey was previously awarded an Honorary Fellowship for contributions to the performing arts by Liverpool John Moores University in 2007.

According to the University of Gloucestershire’s announcement page, “Each year, the University confers honorary awards on distinguished individuals who have made an outstanding contribution locally, nationally or internationally or who have supported the University in some way.”

This year’s Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships will be awarded to:

• Professor Michael Bracken, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Gynecology, Reproductive Science and Neurology at Yale University, USA.
• Ellie Harrison, Countryfile presenter and President of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
• Tom Kerridge, Gloucester-born, Michelin-starred chef at the Hand and Flowers pub in Marlow
• The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester.
• Jamie McDonald, Gloucester-born world record breaking fundraiser.
• David Morrissey, stage and screen actor, producer, screenwriter and director, Honorary Doctor of Arts.
• Baroness Jan Royall, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords, originally from Newnham on Severn.
• Phil Vickery, former England rugby international and Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, released a statement celebrating the occasion:

“The University is delighted to be able to confer honorary degrees and fellowships on such a distinguished group of people. All of them have attained excellence in their own field, with a huge variety of achievements. In their different ways, they have supported the University and enriched the county of Gloucestershire, and we are pleased to be able to honor and celebrate their remarkable contributions.”

The University’s graduation ceremonies will take place at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20. As well as The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

David Morrissey’s Awards and Nominations

Morrissey was nominated twice for a Saturn award for his work on The Walking Dead. Once in 2014 for ‘Best Guest Star’ and in 2013 for ‘Best Supporting Actor’. As an actor, David Morrissey has been nominated seven times in his career. Winning ‘Best Actor’ by the Liverpool Daily Post Arts Awards for his portrayal of MacBeth in 2011. Morrissey took home a Royal Television Society Programme Award for ‘Best Male Actor’ in British television film The Deal in 2003.

David Morrissey was recognized for his directing work in 2003. He was nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award as best ‘New Director (Fiction)’ for the British film, Sweet Revenge.

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