Ncuti Gatwa receives honorary doctorate from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


New Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa beams as he receives honorary doctorate from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for his acting and philanthropy

  • Ncuti, 29, graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013 after studying drama at the arts school 
  • The Doctor Who actor was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to the acting industry and his philanthropy

Ncuti Gatwa has been given an honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) for his outstanding contribution to the acting industry and his work with a homelessness charity.

The Sex Education actor, 29, flashed a huge grin as he posed in a black suit and a white tie, which he wore beneath his blue and purple graduation robes.

Ncuti, who graduated with a BA in acting from RCS in 2013, appeared thrilled to be back at the academy as he commemorated his achievement.

Congratulations! Ncuti Gatwa has been given an honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) for his work with a homelessness charity

Congratulations! Ncuti Gatwa has been given an honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) for his work with a homelessness charity

He was awarded the honorary doctorate for his acting work and for serving as an advocate for youth homelessness Centrepoint, according to RCS’s website.

He was seen standing next to a sign reading, ‘Twinned with Gallifrey’, in a nod to his upcoming TV role as the 14th Time Lord in Doctor Who, taking over from Jodie Whittaker next year.

Ncuti received his honorary doctorate alongside Outlander actor Sam Heughan, 42, Marin Alsop and Errollyn Wallen during a ceremony on Thursday.

It is Ncuti’s latest achievement after he was recognised with the Best Actor award at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2020 and the Outstanding Supporting Role award at this year’s National Comedy Awards.

Occasion: The Sex Education actor, 29, flashed a huge grin as he posed in a black suit and a white tie beneath the blue and purple graduation robes

Occasion: The Sex Education actor, 29, flashed a huge grin as he posed in a black suit and a white tie beneath the blue and purple graduation robes

Sci-fi: He was seen standing next to a sign reading, 'twinned with Gallifrey', in a nod to his upcoming TV role as the 14th Time Lord in Doctor Who

Sci-fi: He was seen standing next to a sign reading, ‘twinned with Gallifrey’, in a nod to his upcoming TV role as the 14th Time Lord in Doctor Who

Wow! Ncuti, who graduated with a BA in acting from RCS in 2013, appeared thrilled to be back as he commemorated his achievement

Wow! Ncuti, who graduated with a BA in acting from RCS in 2013, appeared thrilled to be back as he commemorated his achievement

During Thursday’s ceremony, more than 300 students graduated across music, drama, dance production, film and education.

Speaking of the honorary degrees, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: ‘This year, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is delighted to be honouring four exceptional artists who not only entertain audiences across the globe but continue to inspire and show real leadership. 

‘Marin Alsop, Ncuti Gatwa, Sam Heughan and Errollyn Wallen are outstanding ambassadors and role models.

‘Graduation is a highlight of the year, and we can’t wait to join our students for what is always a wonderful day of joyful celebration. 

‘To be able to come together in person to mark their achievements, after the challenges of the last two years, will have extra significance. 

Charity work: He was awarded the honorary doctorate for his work as an advocate for youth homelessness Centrepoint, according to RCS's website

Charity work: He was awarded the honorary doctorate for his work as an advocate for youth homelessness Centrepoint, according to RCS’s website

‘It is also an opportunity to recognise the groundbreaking artists who use their art, and platforms, as powerful vehicles for change.’

Last month, Ncuti was revealed as the new Time Lord in a shock announcement, while he is also set to star in the live-action Barbie movie alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

His Barbie co-star Simu Liu recently unveiled that Ncuti kept his Doctor Who casting a secret from the cast while filming the movie for two months.

It seems his cast mates – including co-stars Margot Robbie, Emma Mackey, and director Greta Gerwig – found out about his role at the same time as everyone else.

While on tour for his new book We Are Dreamers, Simu shared that Ncuti ‘didn’t tell anyone a thing’, explaining: ‘All of a sudden over the weekend he was announced. 

Incredible: Ncuti received his honorary doctorate alongside Marin Alsop, Sam Heughan and Errollyn Wallen during a ceremony on Thursday

Smart: Ncuti put on a dapper display as he posed at the music school ahead of the ceremony

Incredible: Ncuti received his honorary doctorate alongside Marin Alsop, Sam Heughan and Errollyn Wallen during a ceremony on Thursday

Well done: Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who is best known for starring as Jamie Fraser in the Starz drama series Outlander, was also given an honorary doctorate

Well done: Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who is best known for starring as Jamie Fraser in the Starz drama series Outlander, was also given an honorary doctorate 

‘We came to work on Monday we were like “Dude, how long have you been holding this in for?”‘

Revealing that Ncuti replied ‘two months’, Simu jested that if it was him he ‘would’ve combusted’.

Detailing the extent of the publicity following the news, the actor added: ‘Ncuti had to get security in and around not only his place of residence, but the places of residence of his entire family.’

Ncuti is set to take over the role following Jodie Whittaker’s departure from the show at the end of 2022 ahead of the much-anticipated 60th anniversary episode.

As well as Ncuti joining the cast, Russell T Davies is also returning as showrunner as Chris Chibhall is set to depart alongside Jodie.

Awards: Ncuti was recently recognised with the Best Actor award at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2020 and the Outstanding Supporting Role award at National Comedy Awards

Awards: Ncuti was recently recognised with the Best Actor award at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2020 and the Outstanding Supporting Role award at National Comedy Awards

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