Dr Gary Lewis

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS

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Gary Lewis, also known as Gary Stevenson to his friends and family, is a film, TV and theatre actor who recognised the power of stories to change lives from an early age. 

Born in Glasgow’s East End, Gary was an avid reader. His passion led to employment in Glasgow’s libraries but an interest in drama saw him take on the lead role in Krassivy, Freddie Anderson’s play based on the life of Red Clydesider John Maclean. The work won Easterhouse Summer Festival Drama Company a Fringe First Award in 1979.  

In the same year, Gary began his studies at Glasgow College of Technology, one of the institutions that would go on to form Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating with an honours degree in Social Sciences.

His passion for drama remained and, after working in a range of jobs, Gary joined Robert Carlyle’s Raindog Theatre Company and honed his craft in the theatre. He broke into TV and film and was Bafta nominated for his work on the hugely successful film Billy Elliot, and Mo, a 2010 TV film about the later life and career of the British Labour Party politician Mo Mowlam. 

Stories about social justice have always inspired Gary, who has relished working with directors and writers such as Ken Loach, James Kelman and Martin Scorsese.  

And he returned to GCU this autumn to record the words of Robert Climie, a conscientious objector Imprisoned for his beliefs during WWI, captured in a letter to his daughter preserved in the University’s archives.

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