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Whitstable comedian Harry Hill takes selfie during graduation ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral while receiving honorary degree from University of Kent

18 July 2014
by Lowri Stafford

It was a solemn and formal ceremony at a holy, historic building - until Harry Hill came along.

The You've Been Framed star put himself in the frame when he halted proceedings at a graduation ceremony to take this selfie on his mobile phone.

Harry Hill takes a selfie

Harry Hill takes a selfie

The comedian, who lives in Whitstable, ditched his trademark over-sized collar for formal robes to receive an honorary degree from the University of Kent.

Standing with his back to the crowd, the doctor-turned-funnyman pulled a wacky face and snapped away.

Harry injected some fun into proceedings

Harry injected some fun into proceedings

He received the Doctor of Arts degree at the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral yesterday, in recognition of his contribution to television and the arts.

Fellow graduates and their families looked on in disbelief, with some reporting his antics on social media.

Comedian Harry Hill with university chancellor Gavin Esler

Comedian Harry Hill with university chancellor Gavin Esler

The TV Burp presenter grew up in Staplehurst, Kent and trained as a neurosurgeon at the University of London before going on to become one of the most successful comedians of the past two decades.

Other well-known figures to receive honorary degrees in the past week include broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, who lives in Herne Bay, musician and poet Billy Childish, from Chatham, and the KM Group's own chairman, Geraldine Allinson.

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