Renowned actor Dame Janet Suzman was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts at Edge Hill University on Thursday 23rd July. In this video she joins Clinical Psychologist and Edge Hill Chancellor Professor Tanya Byron for a conversation about playing Cleopatra, growing up in South Africa, and her advice to graduates.

Janet Suzman has remained one of the most respected classical stage actresses of her time. In 1969 Janet married director Trevor Nunn and together they collaborated on some of England’s finest stage productions, notably Antony and Cleopatra (1972) Titus Andronicus (1972) and Hello and Goodbye (1973), which won Janet the Evening Standard award. In the early 1970s Janet branched out into films and, following an auspicious turn in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg she won the coveted role of Czarina Alexandra in the florid historical piece Nicholas and Ale, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and the Golden Globe.

Suzman was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours, is an Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, and was awarded the Pragnell Award for lifetime services to Shakespeare in 2012.