Knighthood lined up for Patrick Stewart

MIRFIELDS most famous son Patrick Stewart looks set to be knighted in the New Years honours list.

Hollywood star Mr Stewart, who was awarded an OBE in 2001, is to become Sir Patrick, according to newspaper reports.

Mr Stewart, 69, found fame as Captain JeanLuc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a remake of the cult TV series.

Reports at the weekend said Mr Stewart was to be recognised for his services to drama though honours are not officially confirmed until New Years Day.

Mr Stewart, who was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, started his acting career at the former Gilder Hall youth club in Mirfield.

His first job was as a trainee journalist in Dewsbury. He was given an ultimatum by his editor to choose between the two careers when he missed a public meeting to attend rehearsals.

Mr Stewart was appointed chancellor at the University of Huddersfield in 1994.

The universitys vicechancellor Prof Bob Cryan failed to quash speculation about the knighthood.

I think its long overdue. He is a superb actor. If this is true it really provides tremendous inspiration for people in this area because hes a local lad whos gone on to do fantastic things.

Prof Cryan said Mr Stewart was a modest man and added: He is just a really nice guy. Totally unassuming. You never feel like youre talking to a Hollywood star.

In later life, Mr Stewart became the patron of the charity Refuge, which helps victims of domestic violence.

He went to Crowlees CE Junior and Infants School and Mirfield Secondary Modern, dropping out at 15. He has been married twice and has a son and a daughter. He is a big fan of Huddersfield Town and regularly attends matches.

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