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Catherine's red carpet day for honorary freedom

OSCAR-winning actor Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE has accepted Honorary Freedom of her home city in a glittering ceremony at Swansea's Guildhall.

Catherine Zeta Jones

OSCAR-winning actor Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE has accepted Honorary Freedom of her home city in a glittering ceremony at Swansea's Guildhall.

The A-list actor together with husband Michael Douglas and their son Dylan took centre stage at an event webcast live from the city where she grew up as she received the highest honour her community can bestow.

Following the ceremony Catherine hosted an evening of entertainment at the Brangwyn Hall, reminiscing about her childhood in Swansea and her career in theatre and film.

In accepting the honour, Catherine paid tribute to her friends and family for their support, as well as the head teacher of Dumbarton, the former private school in Swansea where she was educated.

The Oscar-winner said: "I thank him for allowing me to go London to pursue a career knowing that if it didn't work work out I could return to complete my studies in Swansea."

Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: "We were pleased that Catherine Zeta-Jones returned to her roots today  to accept the highest honour the city can bestow.

"Catherine is one of our own and has always stayed in touch with her home city. Catherine is one of the most recognisable people on the planet and the people have Swansea have followed her career with great interest."

Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE began her career on the stage in London before becoming a TV star in the popular adaptation of HE Bates' The Darling Buds of May

She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. Catherine was also nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Critics' Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

During her career Catherine has been an ambassador for Swansea and has worked with a number of charities. In 2010, she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the film industry and charity.

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