DON'T CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
A series of podcasts with the University of Warwick's Winter 2013 Honorary Graduates
What makes you happy? What was it like to work with Patrick McGoohan on The Prisoner? And what keeps you coming back to the Great British Menu? Warwick’s three recent honorary graduates offer up some personal titbits, a spot of singing and some sage advice to Knowledge Centre readers and the University of Warwick students who graduated alongside them.
Born in Bermuda, Cameron now lives in Kenilworth. His acting career stretches over more than 60 years with film credits for, amongst others, Inception (2010), The Queen (2006) and Thunderball (1965). His television appearances include Doctor Who, Jackanory and Lovejoy. Cameron was awarded a CBE in 2009 for his services to drama.
Cameron speaks about how he got into show business and gives a brief recital from his first stage role. Advising any students thinking of following him into acting, Earl advised:
“Stay with it – persevere. Don’t give up. Because it’s a tough life. The rejection is the hardest thing for one to take and that is something you have to get used to. Because, I don’t care how well known you become or how great an actor you are, you’re going to be rejected for one reason or another.”
Dame Fiona Reynolds (Honorary Doctor of Science, Hon DSc)
When asked where she felt she had made the most difference, Dame Fiona said:
“Oh, definitely the National Trust. Partly because, I suppose, that was the job of my dreams. I always said to everybody this is the job of my dreams and when you get the job of your dreams, you are honour bound to make the most of it… I like the fact I’m doing something completely different [now] but, for me, the National Trust captured all the things I care most about in an organisation that I am passionate about and with people who are just brilliant. It was terrific.”
Prue Leith (Honorary Doctor of Letters, Hon DLitt)
Leith discusses her novels, charity work and cooking for sustainability. When asked what she would like to say to the, predominantly postgraduate, students graduating with her, she said:
“I’m a great believer in enthusiasm. I think for too long it’s been the fashion not to be engaged and to be laid back and I think that’s an absolute tragedy.”