British actor David Threlfall returned to his alma mater in Manchester, England on Monday (15Jul13) to receive an honorary degree. The Hot Fuzz star was awarded a Doctorate in Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University, the college he graduated from in the 1970s, in a ceremony at the city's Bridgewater Hall.
During the event, he took to the stage to dish out advice to fellow graduates, and admitted receiving the degree was a "humbling honour".
He told the audience, "I go to work, pretend to be someone else, have fun and go home. Acting is about life - it's about getting to know how other people live, feel and think - and you can practise anytime.
"It's about challenging yourself - there will be dark times and plenty of rejection but how you get through that will shape you as a person and make you the artist you can be."
The screen stars, along with Dougray Scott and David Threlfall, are backing the Save Our Skyline campaign, opposing a bid to erect a supermarket and an apartment block on the site of the old theatre in Hammersmith, west London.
Hundreds of locals are supporting the scheme, and the Nip/Tuck actress is urging officials to save "one of London's hidden gems".
She adds, "I grew up around this area and part of my lifeline was escaping to the local cinema, which played a big part in my decision to become an actress."
Fiennes is calling for the cinema to be preserved for future generations, while Threlfall has criticised the "greed of developers" wanting to build another "unnecessary supermarket".
HOT FUZZ actor DAVID THRELFALL has teamed up with British singer MATT WILLIS to promote a charity initiative supporting single fathers in developing countries. The stars are encouraging fans to pledge their support for the Save the Children drive on Twitter.com.