Celebrity photographer Andy Gotts honoured with MBE

Andy Gotts Proceeds from Mr Gotts' photo book Degrees were donated to charity

A graduate from Leicester's De Montfort University who has photographed some of the world's biggest stars has been appointed MBE.

Norfolk-born Andy Gotts, who gained an MA from De Montfort in 2007, has been honoured for services to photography and charity in the New Year Honours.

The 40-year-old has photographed Hollywood actors including Robert De Niro, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university earlier this year.

Mr Gotts, who lives in London, said: "It's come completely out of the blue. To get one when I'm only 40 is quite phenomenal.

"This year started with the honorary doctorate from De Montfort and ended with an MBE."

Prof Sarah Springman, from Loughborough University becomes a CBE for services to triathlon; Lynn Slinger, head teacher of Forest Way Special School in Coalville is appointed OBE for services to education; and Howard Robinson, director of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, is awarded a Queen's Fire Service Medal.

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