NEWPORT-BORN actress Josie D'Arby received an honorary fellowship from the University of Wales, Newport, last night.

The celebrity Red Cross Ambassador received the fellowship at a ceremony at the Caerleon campus for her achievements both on and off screen.

She was originally asked last year, but couldn't make the ceremony due to work commitments.

"It's not called an honour for no reason, it feels like an honour - it's almost overwhelming," said Ms D'Arby.

"My parents are beaming right now more than anything else I've ever done, to be able to do something they're proud of and see their faces is special."

As well as the excitement of receiving the fellowship, Ms D'Arby admits there were a few nerves leading up to the ceremony. She said: "I was a little bit nervous, it feels like a responsibility, but only because this means a lot to me."

Although she has already attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, this was the first opportunity Ms D'Arby has had to don a gown and mortar board.

She said: "I get to wear a cap and cape, RADA didn't let us do anything like this."

Although she was rubbing shoulders with the graduates before the ceremony, Ms D'Arby didn't have any plans for a night on the tiles afterwards.

"I'll go home and have a quiet one with my parents. It's not very rock and roll but we'll probably have some lemon cake and a cup of tea," she said.