OBE honour for GCU Honorary Graduate Phyllida Law

12 November 2014

OBE honour for GCU Honorary Graduate Phyllida Law

Phyllida Law was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by GCU in 2013

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) alumni and Honorary Graduate Phyllida Law has received an OBE from the Queen for her services to drama and charity work.

The respected actress who has worked extensively in theatre, television and film received the honour at Buckingham Palace.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “We are absolutely delighted to see our Honorary Graduate, Phyllida Law, receive this richly deserved honour. It recognises her immense contributions to public life, both as an actress and through her charitable endeavors. She is a special person, as we saw first hand at our summer graduation ceremony in 2013, when she delivered a wonderfully entertaining and truly inspiring speech to our graduates.”

Born and brought up in Glasgow, Phyllida Law took a course in housewifery at The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science, one of GCU’s founding institutions.

Ms Law went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She played sessions with both Old Vic companies and at The Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Mermaid Theatre, and was with the National Theatre for two years. She was in the original cast of West End hit La Cage aux Folles and her television credits include Foyle’s War, Waking the Dead and Rosemary and Thyme. She has also appeared in films including Nanny McPhee and Peter’s Friends.

Ms Law has been an active charity campaigner as president of the Theatrical Guild, raising money for backstage theatre staff. She is also vocal in her support of glaucoma charity Fight for Sight, which she backed after watching her mother lose her sight to the hereditary condition.

She published her first book, Notes to My Mother-in-Law, in 2008 and her second, How Many Camels Are There in Holland? Me, Ma and Dementia, in 2013.

Ms Law is the widow of Magic Roundabout narrator and actor Eric Thompson. She has two daughters, Emma and Sophie Thompson, who are both actresses, and four grandchildren.

She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by GCU in 2013.  

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