Latest Union surprise speaker: Robert Downey Jr.

Colm Murphy and Ciara Berry 7 October 2014

Legendary American actor, filmmaker and singer Robert Downey Jr. is coming to the Cambridge Union, the society have announced.

The Hollywood hunk, whose starring roles include Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes and an upcoming cameo in Star Wars Episode VII, will be speaking to Union members on 17th October at 6pm, The Tab exclusively revealed. The actor is known for being the highest paid star in Hollywood.

Today’s announcement comes hot on the heels of a trio of earlier ‘surprise’ celebs who did not appear in the official Michaelmas termcard – including Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour). The Cambridge Student understands that these speakers only confirmed their attendance after the termcard went to print.


Practising for the Union… Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

A law student at Gonville and Caius college commented: “It’s awesome that they’ve managed to get RDJ. He’s one of the biggest and best screen actors of his generation, and I’m sure people will be queueing round the block to get a space to see him.”

One second-year linguist was less impressed: “It would’ve been helpful if the Union had sorted these speakers out earlier. There are so many big events that don’t appear in the termcard that members will find it really hard to keep track of what’s going on.”

Zawe Ashton will be speaking on Wednesday 8th October at 4pm; Alec Baldwin is scheduled for Friday 10th October at 5.30pm; and Dominic West will appear on the afternoon Thursday 20th November. Both Ashton and Baldwin will be part of the Union’s ‘open period’, with non-members allowed to attend for free.