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SIR Ian McKellen has been honoured by a university.

The X-Men star who grew up in Wigan was among seven leading figures awarded honorary degrees by Cambridge University.

He donned a scarlet gown and black bonnet for the special ceremony in the Senate House, where he was presented with his degrees by the university’s chancellor Lord Sainsbury.

Sir Ian, who read English at St Catharine’s College in the 1950s, was made a Doctor of Letters in honour of his lengthy career as an actor and director.

The honorary degree is the highest honour bestowed by Cambridge University and the tradition has been running for than 500 years.

Past recipients include Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, and Bill and Melinda Gates.