1. Dame Judi Dench Given Honorary Degree At St. Andrews University

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-06-24
    Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi Dench, or ‘M’ to the James Bond fans, has been given an honorary degree at a university in Scotland–reports the BBC News.

    Dame Judi was honoured at St. Andrews University, Scotland’s oldest university, for her work on the stage and screen.

    The actress stated she was surprised, but delighted to be made a doctor of letters.

    ‘I had never been to St. Andrews before, so I’m very pleased and I’m going to boast about it a lot,’ she said after the ceremony.

    ‘It was very embarrassing, you know. You see a photograph of yourself and that’s embarrassing and then you have to stand up in front of a lot of people while someone says the whole of your life to you.’

    ‘But it is a huge day of celebration and I’m frightfully pleased to have been asked.’

    Dame Judi was honoured alongside Dr. Simon Fraser Campbell, a chemist credited with leading a team to discover the drug Viagra along with several other medicines.

    Graduates in the audience laughed as Professor Lorna Hutson of the University’s School of English reeled off a lengthy list of Dame Judi’s many accolades, which include her Oscar-winning performance in 1998’s Shakespeare in Love.

    The upcoming Quantum of Solace will mark her sixth James Bond film.

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