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Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom collected an honorary degree from Kent University on Tuesday morning.
With his dashing good looks and a sharp dark suit covered by the red ceremonial robes, Canterbury born Bloom strolled into the Cathedral, alongside Poirot star David Suchet OBE, who was also picking up an honorary degree.
The pair clapped on all the other graduates as they received their degrees, before they were introduced to collect theirs.
Orlando Bloom blushed as his achievements were read out, who alongside starring in Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, has been voted one of the hottest males on the planet and been one of the most Googled pin-ups.
With his well groomed face and feathered hat Bloom then took to the lectern, watched by super model Mirander Kerr.
He said: "I would like to thank everyone at the university very much. It is a great honour and a wonderful experience.
"I am in wonder, wondering what I'm doing here.
"I'm humbled, and it is great to be back in Canterbury.
"I appreciate this more than I can say. Please accept my gratitude."
The former St Edmunds School pupil also recalled some of his childhood memories of Canterbury, including his stage debut at the Marlowe Theatre, where he was also due to visit.
"I remember being four-years-old in a hot and itchy monkey suit and being bitten by some kind of bug. I turned round to the audience and scratched my bum in front of a riotous crowd, and that roar still follows me.
"It is fitting to be back in my home town where I have many fond memories of the Cathedral, the fields and the duck pond at the university campus."
After leaving the Cathedral he signed a few autographs and posed for a handful of pictures. With one teenage fan having travelled all the way from Waymouth to catch a glimpse of the Silver screen royalty.
See pictures from Orlando's degree ceremony in this week's Kentish Gazette.
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