COMEDIAN, actor, director and now doctor... when it comes to Johnny Vegas his list of achievements knows no bounds.

Michael Pennington aka Johnny Vegas is to receive an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University, joining a list of illustrious names including women’s rights activist Dr Helen Pankhurst, the founding singer of Ultravox John Fox and composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

They will receive their doctorates at the end of July rounding off a busy week of graduation ceremonies.

From starting out as a compere at the Citadel Vegas’ career has explored everything from radio plays, directing music videos, writing and movie acting.

Vice-chancellor of Edge Hill Dr John carter explained: “Born in Lancashire I am delighted that Michael Pennington is joining the already exciting roster of honorary doctorate recipients at Edge Hill this year.

“Michael, or Johnny as most will know him is a talented writer, producer and artist and has links with the university.

“He has become a household name in the world of comedy and entertainment.”