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Essex: Harry Potter director gets university honour

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 July 2012

Daniel Radcliffe arrives for the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, directed by David Yates.

Daniel Radcliffe arrives for the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, directed by David Yates.

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HE is best known for his acclaimed work behind the camera.

His role making part of the Harry Potter film franchise made him one of the most-commercially successful British directors ever.

But David Yates yesterday found himself in front of the lens as he was handed an honorary degree from the University of Essex.

The BAFTA award-winning television and film director, who graduated from the Colchester-based university in 1987, joined more than 2,600 students taking part in this year’s graduation celebrations.

Mr Yates won his first BAFTA TV Award for his work on the BBC’s The Way We Live Now. In 2003, he was nominated for another BAFTA for directing acclaimed political thriller State of Play.

He went on to earn an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the 2005 HBO movie The Girl in the Café, a love story starring Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald, before completing the final four Harry Potter films. Several others were handed honorary degrees by the university, including Bill Gore, Charles Garraway CBE and Lucy Kellaway.

Mr Gore served on the university’s governing body council between 2005 and 2011. He was also pro-chancellor and today is the director of the university’s knowledge gateway project.

Professor Garraway is a visiting fellow at the University of Essex’s human rights centre and is an associate fellow at Chatham House.

Ms Kellaway is currently the associate editor at the Financial Times and is a regular contributor to the BBC World Service programme Business Daily.

A number of schools have already announced plans to close across Suffolk and north Essex this morning after snowy weather hit the region.

Snow lovers will be delighted to hear that Suffolk and Essex could be getting a second flurry of the white stuff later today.

The parents of a six-year-old boy, who died from Meningitis B, are campaigning for a vaccination programme to be rolled out to all children.

Motorists are being warned of disruption on the region’s roads this morning as snow turns into ice following a weekend wintry blast.

Kesgrave High School will be closed today after a major power failure.

Multi-platinum selling artist Craig David has been announced as the first act for next year’s Newmarket Nights.

Residents will be asked for their views on a potential merger between the district councils of Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

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