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Arts academy honours acting stars

Lord Attenborough and James McAvoy
James McAvoy and Lord Attenborough were honoured by the RSAMD

Two of Britain's most famous actors have been honoured by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

The arts institution awarded James McAvoy a fellowship during its graduation ceremony.

The Glaswegian actor learned his craft there before going on to star in hit films such as Atonement and Wanted.

Veteran actor, producer and director Richard Attenborough was given an honorary degree. He also ran a "masterclass" for staff and students.

McAvoy said he was "completely honoured" to return to the RSAMD with his family to receive the fellowship.

Lord Attenborough said: "This honour means a tremendous amount. I was at RADA, more years ago than I care to admit to.

"So to receive an honour from an academy which is much older than RADA is marvellous. The whole attitude to Scottish arts is one of great admiration."

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