Tom Hanks awarded honorary Greek citizenship

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson. Photo credit: Getty

Tom Hanks has been offered the chance to become an honorary Greek citizen.

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed an honorary naturalization order which allowed Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson and their children to claim citizenship, reports the Associated Press.

Hanks and his wife often spend their summer holidays on the Greek Island of Antiparos, and have produced multiple films in the country.

The 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding was produced in Greece by Wilson and Hanks.

Hanks was also the executive producer of the 2008 musical Mamma Mia.

Wilson is Greek and was raised Greek Orthodox, reports CNN.

According to the Greek Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos, the actor and his family must "must give an oath to the minister of the interior within one year" to become Greek citizens.

As well as his new citizenship, Hanks has already been awarded four Golden Globes and received a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute in 2009.