British actor David Threlfall returned to his alma mater in Manchester, England on Monday (15Jul13) to receive an honorary degree.

The Hot Fuzz star was awarded a Doctorate in Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University, the college he graduated from in the 1970s, in a ceremony at the city's Bridgewater Hall.

During the event, he took to the stage to dish out advice to fellow graduates, and admitted receiving the degree was a "humbling honour".

He told the audience, "I go to work, pretend to be someone else, have fun and go home. Acting is about life - it's about getting to know how other people live, feel and think - and you can practise anytime.

"It's about challenging yourself - there will be dark times and plenty of rejection but how you get through that will shape you as a person and make you the artist you can be."