Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch honoured by Oxford University

Actors are among eleven new visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall

Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson have been named visiting fellows of an Oxford College.

Cumberbatch and Watson are among 11 visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall, reports The Guardian, with Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant also on the list. Other appointees include director Beeban Kidron, musician Mark Simpson and high court judge Rabinder Singh.

Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is the college’s principal and announced the appointments on Friday (February 5).

“They are people drawn from a variety of backgrounds, callings and professions and we want them to form a bridge between our own academic community and the worlds they inhabit and represent,” Rusbridger said.


The part time positions are intended to add to the cultural life of the college. “At a minimum we’d like them to drop in occasionally at college, eat with us and meet informally with a variety of the LMH community, Rusbridger added.

“We’d like them to do one thing a bit more structured. It could be a conversation or debate, a performance, a lecture or seminar, a form of outreach – or something we haven’t thought of. We can imagine fascinating interactions or collaborations between them.”

Cumberbatch studied for a BA in drama at Manchester University while Watson graduated from Ivy League Brown University in 2014.