Idris Elba receives honorary doctorate from Ravensbourne University

‘You lot can call me Doctor Dris’: Idris Elba receives honorary doctorate from Ravensbourne University for his efforts to champion diversity

He’s already a Golden Globe winning actor and Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

But now Idris Elba can add another accolade to his name, after being awarded an honorary doctorate from Ravensbourne University London.

The Luther star, 50, was presented with the award, alongside Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s Vice President of Creative Concepts at the Barbican, London, during Ravensbourne’s annual ceremony marking the graduation of 800 students from courses spanning the creative and digital industries.

Honoured: Idris Elba can add another accolade to his name, after being awarded an honorary doctorate from Ravensbourne University London

Andy Cook, the Vice Chancellor said: ”Our honorary doctorates are given to role models who embody the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Ravensbourne.

‘Our students look up to Idris and Tinker for their work to champion diversity in the creative industries and beyond. 

‘They have both used their creativity to shift culture, to transform industry and to create real social change: this is exactly what Ravensbourne equips our graduates to do.’

Award: The Luther star, 50, was presented with the award, alongside Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s Vice President of Creative Concepts at the Barbican, London

Speaking on the honour, Idris said: ‘Education is the exact foundation that I am standing on here today. Because of my education, I got to go places that I never even dreamed of going to.

‘I wanted to be in the creative arts because I wanted to contribute, I wanted to have a seat at the table, I wanted to have someone that looked like me, to have something to offer, and my education prepared me for that.

‘Ravensbourne stands for the very same values: putting skillsets in students and giving them an opportunity to have a seat at the table forever. 

Role model: Andy Cook, the Vice Chancellor said: ”Our honorary doctorates are given to role models who embody the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Ravensbourne’

‘So many amazing students have come from here and are still contributing. The truth is: the learning always continues.

He joked: ‘I am super proud of this, because it’s an honour, but also, now, you lot can call me Doctor Dris.’

Throughout his career in film, TV and music, Idris has continually championed young people, especially those from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds. 

In 2013, he founded his production company, Green Door Pictures, which was formed to enable a more direct route to goal for talented film and TV series writers, actors, directors, and producers to bring the best of diverse storytelling to a global audience.

This past spring, his docu series FIGHT SCHOOL premiered on the BBC, following a group of disadvantaged young adults who have had struggles in their lives, and set them on a five-month training course.

They were placed under the mentorship of Idris and other professionals, to help provide them with discipline, determination and focus by putting them through an experimental boxing school.

Speaking on the honour, Idris said: ‘Education is the exact foundation that I am standing on here today. Because of my education, I got to go places that I never even dreamed of going to’

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