Catherine Zeta-Jones Awarded Degree From Welsh College

July 7th, 2013 7:49am EDT

Catherine Zeta-Jones Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones has been honoured with a degree from a prestigious drama college in her native Wales.

The Chicago star, who has had no formal acting training, was made an honorary fellow of The Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on Friday in recognition of her work on stage and screen.

Principal Hilary Boulding said, "We're delighted to honour this distinguished artist who has achieved international distinction in her field. She has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Wales and raised Wales' profile within the arts industry worldwide."

Zeta-Jones was unable to attend the graduation ceremony, but fellow Welsh star Matthew Rhys was there to collect his special diploma.

Accepting his accolade, Rhys told the audience, "It's an honor. I always like coming back and to come for an occasion like this is a real honour."

Notting Hill actor Rhys Ifans was also awarded a fellowship by the institution, according to Wales Online.

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