DerbyTelegraph.co.uk – DERBY-BORN Hollywood star Jack O’Connell is to receive an honorary degree from his home university.

Jack, who will become an Honorary Master of the Arts, is one of six people to be selected by the University of Derby for the honours which will be presented next January.

The ardent Derby County fan said: “I feel a sincere level of gratitude for this honour I am presented with by the University of Derby. It’s an achievement, and one I feel I can be proud of. Up the Rams.”

Starting his acting life in productions at St Benedict Catholic Academy, Jack, 24, made his film debut in 2006 in This Is England – three years after he took the part of James Cook in Skins.

Jack’s film credits include Eden Lake, Private Peaceful and 300: Rise of an Empire. His breakthrough came when he gave critically acclaimed performances in the independent films Starred Up and ’71. Jack received consecutive nominations for the ‘Best Actor’ award at the British Independent Film Awards.

It was 2014 which saw him make the transition to Hollywood, taking his first leading role in the major studio picture, Unbroken.

The film directed by Angelina Jolie saw Jack portray Louis Zamperini, the Olympian athlete and Second World War veteran.

Jack received the New Hollywood Award at the Hollywood Film Awards. He was presented with the accolade at the ceremony in Los Angeles by Angelina Jolie, who famously introduced him with the East Midlands phrase, “ay up me duck”.

Jack also received the prestigious BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2015. Next year, he will be seen in Money Monster, a film directed by Jodie Foster, starring alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and Tulip Fever with Alicia Vikander. He is due to start filming new project HHHH this year.

The other honorary degree recipients are: Rt Hon Sir John Mummery, a former Lord Justice of Appeal (Honorary Doctor of the University); Professor Ashwani Gupta, University of Maryland (Honorary Doctor of the University); Richard Gerver, former superhead and speaker (Honorary Doctor of Education); Donna Kellogg MBE, former Olympian and badminton coach (Honorary Master of the Arts) and Eileen Fry, former researcher and director of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby (Honorary Doctor of the University).

Each year notable people, with a strong connection to the university or to the city, are chosen to receive an honorary degree at the annual awards ceremonies, which is when the university’s students graduate after completing their courses.

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Derby Telegraph
August 11, 2015
By emily

Today is Jack O’Connell’s 25th birthday! On behalf of Jack O’Connell Web and all Jack fans around the world, we wanted to wish you a very happy birthday! We are all wishing you a year of happiness, success, joy, health, and love. Have an amazing day!

August 01, 2015
By emily

Jack attended the Audi Polo Challenge 2015 at Cambridge County Polo Club yesterday, July 3rd in Cambridge, England. I have photos from the event to the gallery!

Public Appearances > 2015 > July 03: Audi Polo Challenge 2015 Cambridge
July 04, 2015
By emily

I have added three photos of Jack attending the Prada cocktail party and show during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 yesterday, June 21st to the gallery!

June 22, 2015
By emily

I have added a portrait of Jack taken at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for Vanity Fair to the gallery!

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Vanity Fair
June 01, 2015
By emily

Jack attended Day 1 of the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park today, May 30th in London, England. You can check out high quality photos from the event in the gallery!

Public Appearances > 2015 > May 30: Audi Polo Challenge – Day 1
May 30, 2015
By emily

VARIETY.COM – Julianne Moore and Variety’s Steven Gaydos were on hand to honor rising stars Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”) and Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”) at the elegant Chopard Trophy ceremony that took place on the rooftop of the Martinez Hotel on Friday night.

“When you start out all you know is that you want to do it, it feels good to do it and you would do it for free but what you don’t know if you’re any good. But when you see a good actor, you can see it right away. And we saw Jack O’Connell and Lola Kirke immediately the minute they burst onto the screen, they’re beautifully alive on camera, it’s palpable their talent,” said Moore. “We’re so happy to have you, we’re excited to see your work and we know we’re going to see your work for many years to come,” added the Oscar-winning actress.

Gaydos concurred, “At Variety we have a great time introducing new talent, celebrating new talent because films become regenerated by them, and the Cannes Film Festival is the centerpiece of this regeneration. Masters leave us and new masters arrive — and it’s especially true in acting.”

Kirke was visibly moved by the honor and quipped that she hadn’t realized the turn that her career had taken until two days ago when she found herself on the red carpet at a Cannes premiere.

The Chopard Trophy ceremony, for which Variety is the exclusive media partner, drew Cannes Film Festival’s president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Fremaux, as well as actress Lupita Nyong’o, Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli, Emmanuelle Beart and Emma Watson, among other stars.

The Chopardd Trophy jury comprised Elizabeth Banks, “The Imitation Game” helmer Morten Tyldum, Gaydos, producer Jerry Weintraub, Amazon Studios’ head of production Ted Hope, and Chopard’s artistic director Caroline Scheufele, who announced the creation of a Chopard Foundation to support movies during the ceremony.

May 17, 2015
By emily

I have added three photos of Jack attending teh Charles Finch Hosts Annual Filmmakers Dinner And Photographic Exhibition yesterday, May 15th to the gallery!

May 16, 2015
By emily

I have added high quality photos of Jack attending the premiere of “Mad Max: Fury Road” at this year’s 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival to the gallery! I’ll be adding more photos soon.

May 16, 2015
By emily

Jack attended the ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 4th in New York City. I have added high quality photos from the gala to the gallery! Hopefully we will get more photos!

May 06, 2015
By emily