Comedian Lenny Henry collected his Open University degree on Saturday - six years after starting it.

The 48-year-old star was awarded a BA (Hons) in English Literature. He was among 900 students who attended the graduation ceremony at London's Barbican Centre.

"I am so proud that I have finally reached graduation day," Henry said. "After six years of hard work, I can finally watch telly in the evening and go to the pictures. I can now read a book without having to put post-it notes on every other page. Hoorah!"

He added: "I am also incredibly proud to be in such great company - when people have worked so hard, a ceremony like this is the ideal thing to celebrate their achievement."

Henry received his degree from the Chancellor of the Open University, film producer Lord Puttnam.

His English literature course included modules on Shakespeare and the 19th century novel. The former Tiswas star left school in Dudley, West Midlands, aged 16 with seven CSEs.

He planned to study for an engineering qualification but his education was put on hold when he found fame on TV talent contest 'New Faces'.

At the age of 26 he resumed his studies and gained two O-levels in English language and English literature, and has said: "I think education is wasted on young people."

Henry also has an honorary MA from Warwick University.