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[AUDIO] 'Shameless' star honoured for services to the arts

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Issued:21/11/14

Actor David Threlfall, best known for his award-winning performances as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4's Shameless, has been given an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University.

The Manchester-born actor, who studied at Sheffield Hallam's art college at Psalter Lane, was honored for his services to the arts in the North. 

Receiving his award during a graduation ceremony for media arts and communication students, David said: "What an honour to receive such an affirmation from an institution in a town that I have such fond memories of in my formative years at the art college. Institutions like this give us the ability to try out various forms of expression and, even if they're not the ones that end up being our chosen field, they're a vital means of training for our future as a town, as a nation."

During its six-year run, Shameless was nominated for a total of 37 awards, including eight BAFTAs. It won a total of 11 awards, including an Emmy, a British Comedy Award, a BAFTA and a Royal Television Society Award. Many of those awards were for David's colourful, convincing portrayal of Frank Gallagher.
 
David continues to work in television, this year taking on the huge challenge of playing Tommy Cooper in a biopic of the iconic entertainer's life. He is now filming a two-part crime thriller for ITV, called Code of A Killer, about a detective who used DNA for the first time in the 1980s, to track down a murderer.
 
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