Film, TV and theatre actor Gary Lewis was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters.
A GCU graduate, Gary made his debut 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.
He has worked with Robert Carlyle’s Raindog Theatre Company and was Bafta-nominated for his role in 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.
Gary has worked with directors and writers including as Ken Loach, James Kelman and Martin Scorsese and, earlier this year, he returned to GCU to record the words of Robert Climie, a conscientious objector imprisoned for his beliefs during WWI, captured in a letter to his daughter and preserved in the University’s archives.