Hinds to receive honorary degree

Published Wednesday, 19 March 2014
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Belfast actor Ciarán Hinds is to receive an honorary degree from Queen's University later this year for his services to film and drama.

Hinds to receive honorary degree
Ciarán Hinds will be honoured by Queen's University later this year. (© Getty)

Best known for his roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Road To Perdition and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hinds has also appeared in a number of television roles, including 'the king beyond the wall' Mance Rayder in Game Of Thrones.

Before he became an actor Hinds studied law at Queen's but eventually left to enroll in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

The actor is among a 12 people from the worlds of business, sport, academia, science and the arts being honoured by Queen's University in 2014.

Mark Huffam, who is credited with producing a number of films including Saving Private Ryan, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and The Hours, is also to be honoured for his services to film and drama.

Singer Katie Melua will be honoured for her services to music and Nobel Prize winning physicist Peter Higgs for his services to science.

Fresh from Ireland's Six Nations win Brian O'Driscoll, one of the most internationally-recognised rugby players of all time, will be honoured for services to sport.

Distinguished names from the fields of business and commerce are also being recognised for their services.

They include; Irish businessman Dermot Desmond, the former Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Sir David Fell, who is also a former Pro-Chancellor at the University; and founder of global software consulting company Infosys Limited, Narayana Murthy.

Queen's University awards honorary degrees to individuals who have achieved high distinction or given significant service in one or more fields of public or professional life, and who serve as ambassadors for the University and Northern Ireland around the world.


The full list of honorary degrees to be awarded:

  • Ciaran Hinds, DUniv for distinction in film and drama
  • Brian O'Driscoll, DUniv for services to sport
  • Katie Melua, DLit (Mus) for services to music
  • Professor Alice Brown CBE, DSSc for services to education and social justice
  • Dermot Desmond, DSc Econ for services to business and commerce
  • Sir David Fell, LLD for services to the University and distinction in public service and business and commerce
  • Professor Sir Peter Gregson, LLD for services to the University and to Higher Education
  • Mark Huffam, DUniv for distinction in film and drama
  • Professor Henrietta Moore, DSSc for services to social sciences
  • Narayana Murthy, DSc Econ for services to business and commerce
  • Fintan O'Toole, DLit for services to broadcasting
  • Professor Peter Higgs, DSc for services to science
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