Kim Cattrall is to receive an honorary degree.

The British-born actress will be given the doctorate at a ceremony at the University of Liverpool, North West England, later this year and can't wait to don the traditional cap and gown.

She said: "I was born there and have a lot of family there. I can't wait to get into a gown and wear one of those caps. Very sexy."

The 'Sex And The City' star is set to spend more time in Liverpool this autumn when she stars in a production of 'Antony and Cleopatra' with Jeffrey Kissoon at the city's Everyman theatre.

The 53-year-old star can't wait to tackle the role of the iconic Egyptian Queen.

She added to the Daily Mail newspaper columnist Baz Bamigboye: "Cleopatra's such a fascinating woman to explore and I'm excited to get back to doing Shakespeare."

Kim - who traced her ancestors last year on UK TV show 'Who Do You Think You Are?' - recently revealed she feels strong ties to her Liverpool-born mother's family because of her favourite drink.

She explained: "I come from a long line of strong Scouse women. It is not just an accent, it's almost a constitution - held together by tea. Growing up, I remember there was always a pot on the back burner, and during the filming of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' the bonding always seemed to happen over a cup of tea."