HE is the star of the show that has boosted Scottish tourism to new heights – and now Sam Heughan is about to be honoured in his own backyard.

The Outlander actor will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his artistic success and charitable work.

It’s entirely appropriate that Heughan will receive his honour at the university’s Dumfries campus on July 3 as he was born in Balmaclellan in Dumfries and Galloway.

Also being honoured are Alice Thompson, co-founder of social enterprise cafe chain Social Bite; TV presenter Fiona Armstrong; and Lady MacGregor, the Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries.

Honorary doctorates will also be awarded to Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust; David Mayer de Rothschild, a British adventurer, ecologist, environmentalist and head of the charity Sculpt the Future Foundation; and Andrew Walls, convener of the Crichton Foundation.

The university said the work of those being honoured reflects the core interests of its School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Dumfries. The head of the school, Professor Carol Hill, said: “This campus has grown in influence and impact since it was opened 20 years ago in September 1999 to serve the higher education needs of Dumfries and Galloway. In this our 20th anniversary year of celebrations, we at Dumfries are delighted to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our honorary graduates, representing a range of talents, careers and charitable interests.”

Heughan graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – in 2003.

He is best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the TV drama Outlander. In 2015 he established his own charitable foundation My Peak Challenge.