Maxine Peake has just landed a coveted role at the University of Manchester.
The Bolton-born actress – famed for television shows such as Shameless and Dinner Ladies – will take on the post of Honorary Professor of Literature and Performance.
Sharing her delight at the appointment, the 43-year-old explained that she’s excited about working with the ‘next generation’.
“I’m thrilled to accept this Honorary Professorship in Literature and Performance at The University of Manchester, and to be invited to be involved in the education of our next generation of creative minds,” said Maxine.
She added: “I’m looking forward to working with the students, and hope to learn alongside them and see what we can achieve together.”
Meanwhile, UoM professor Alessandro Schiesaro described his newly appointed colleague as an ‘icon’ in Greater Manchester.
He said: “Maxine’s decision to accept our offer of an Honorary Professorship is extremely exciting news for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and indeed the University.
“Our students and staff will benefit from her vast experience gained throughout a brilliant career, across the stage, film, TV and radio, coupled with her scriptwriting work and strong commitment to social issues.
“As an icon within the city of Manchester and beyond, Maxine will be invaluable in helping the University to support the cultural growth of our city and region.
“We are looking forward to working with, and learning from Maxine in the years to come.”
Maxine’s most recent body of work included a role in BBC One’s highly acclaimed Three Girls in 2017.
Last month the starlet also featured as the main protagonist in an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.
George Osborne was famously named as an honorary professor at the University of Manchester in June.