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Comic to get honorary doctorate
Jasper Carrott
Jasper Carrott is one of Birmingham's most famous sons
Comedian Jasper Carrott is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham.

The 59-year-old is one of 15 people being recognised for their "outstanding contribution" to academic life, society or their chosen profession.

Carrott was born in the city and is well known for his love of Birmingham City Football Club.

The comic, who is the father of The Office actress Lucy Davis, will receive his doctorate at a ceremony next month.

Sell-out shows

The 59-year-old has been a successful musician, comic actor, stand-up comedian and television presenter in a career spanning 30 years.

He recently completed a series of sell-out shows at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Other celebrities being honoured include the television historian and steeplejack Fred Dibnah and Sutton Coldfield hockey international Jane Sixsmith.

The Birmingham author Clare Morrall is to be made a doctor of letters.

Her debut novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for last year's Booker Prize.

And the former Erdington MP Robin Corbett is to receive a doctorate in law.

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