Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch take on exciting new project

Julie Delahaye

Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch both already boast impressive careers, but the pair can now add yet another accolade to the list. The two stars have been appointed as visiting fellows at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford, along with nine others including Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant.

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Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the appointed visiting fellows

"They are people drawn from a variety of backgrounds, callings and professions and we want them to form a bridge between our own academic community and the worlds they inhabit and represent," the college's principal Alan Rusbridger explained of the appointments, which also include author Malorie Blackman, director Beeban Kidron and musician Mark Simpson.

The positions are part-time, but Alan explained that the appointees will be encouraged "to drop in occasionally at college, eat with us and meet informally with a variety of the LMH community".

He added: "We'd like them to do one thing a bit more structured. It could be a conversation or debate, a performance, a lecture or seminar, a form of outreach – or something we haven’t thought of. We can imagine fascinating interactions or collaborations between them."

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UN ambassador Emma Watson has also been appointed

It comes as no surprise that Emma and Benedict topped the final list. Emma has already firmly established herself as a force to be reckoned with not only with her successful acting career but also her role as a UN Ambassador which has seen her launch her impressive He For She campaign.

Meanwhile, Benedict has already wowed fans with his striking performances on-screen as well as on stage, when he took on the main role in Hamlet at the Barbican theatre in London in a highly-acclaimed performance. The Sherlock star has also continually worked to raise awareness to support Syrian refugees, from recording messages as part of a charity campaign to making passionate speeches to the Hamlet audiences.

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