ONE of Britain's best-known actors returned to his old college to open two new facilities for people with learning difficulties.

Guy Henry was a student at Brockenhurst College and is one of its most celebrated “old boys” after appearing in countless films and TV dramas.

Last year the Harry Potter star was among the guests when the award-winning college celebrated its centenary.

Guy, 54, was welcomed back yesterday when he arrived to open The Lodge, a former caretaker's house where students with learning difficulties can learn how to live independently.

The property will be used by people aged 18 and over who need to acquire crucial life skills before leaving home.

Guy also opened the Inspiration Room, which provides a peaceful environment where vulnerable students of all ages can work and chat.

The facilities, which cost more than £200,000, are the only ones of their type in the New Forest.

College principal Di Roberts said: “We're committed to providing the very best in education to all students and this is another step in fulfilling our aims.”

Guy was an A-level student at the college in the 1970s, when he lived in the Highcliffe area.

He later embarked on a star-studded career that has included appearances in Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and Holby City. He has also appeared in several films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

He said: “I came here not knowing I wanted to be an actor but fell in love with the profession.

“I'm so grateful to the college. It's a glorious place and we're all very fortunate that it's here.”