Veteran actor and opera singer honoured by South Shields theatre

John Woodvine and Anne Marie Owens are Honorary Fellows of the Customs House Academy.
John Woodvine and Anne Marie Owens are Honorary Fellows of the Customs House Academy.
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Two South Tyneside-born stars have been honoured at a special event.

Actor John Woodvine and opera singer Anne Marie Owens were the latest personalities to become Honorary Fellows of the Customs House Academy.

It has been an honour to induct these two stars into the Academy. They have both led fascinating lives and we had a wonderful time listening to them.

Ray Spencer, Customs House executive director

The pair received their awards in front of an audience of fans at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields.

Executive director, Ray Spencer said: “It has been an honour to induct these two stars into the academy. They have both led fascinating lives and we had a wonderful time listening to them.

“The audience were enraptured with tales of their extraordinary lives and careers and money raised from the night will go to the Customs House Trust.”

John Woodvine is a distinguished TV and stage actor, known for his roles as a police officer in the classic British TV series Z Cars and Softly, Softly. He has also been seen in local BBC series Hebburn, as well as ITV’s Midsummer Murders and Vera.

He was born in Tyne Dock, South Shields, but left the region as a boy.

Also born and bred in South Shields, Anne-Marie Owens has forged herself a career as an acclaimed opera singer, performing in venues across the world, from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival. As well as telling all about the stunning places she’d visited and sang in, Anne Marie also treated the crowd to a performance of Waters of Tyne.

The Customs House Academy was created for people from South Tyneside who have made significant contributions to the arts.

For more information about the Trust, visit www.customshouse.co.uk.