John Hurt

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

John Hurt
Hurt in April 2009
John Vincent Hurt

(1940-01-22)22 January 1940
Died25 January 2017(2017-01-25) (aged 77)
Cromer, Norfolk, England
Years active1961–2017
WorksList of performances
  • (m. 1962; div. 1964)
  • Donna Peacock
    (m. 1984; div. 1990)
  • Joan Dalton
    (m. 1990; div. 1996)
  • Anwen Rees-Myers
    (m. 2005)
  • Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot (1967–1983; her death)
  • Sarah Owens (1995–2002)

Sir John Vincent Hurt CBE (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned over five decades. Hurt was regarded as one of Britain's finest actors. Director David Lynch described him as "simply the greatest actor in the world".[1][2] He possessed what was described as the "most distinctive voice in Britain".[3][4] He received numerous awards including the BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award in 2012[5] and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for his services to drama.

A graduate of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), he came to prominence playing Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966) and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for The Naked Civil Servant (1975). He played Caligula in the BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976). Hurt earned Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Midnight Express (1978), and Best Actor for The Elephant Man (1980). Other films include Alien (1979), Heaven's Gate (1980), Champions (1984), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), The Hit (1984), Scandal (1989), The Field (1990), Rob Roy (1995), and Contact (1997).[6]

Hurt gained further prominence portraying Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), as well as appearing in the 2004 and 2008 Hellboy films, V for Vendetta (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Outlander (2008), and Snowpiercer (2013). He also acted in the acclaimed films Melancholia (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and Jackie (2016).

Hurt reprised his role as Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York (2009), which brought his seventh BAFTA nomination. He portrayed an incarnation of the Doctor known as the War Doctor in Doctor Who.[7][8] He voiced roles in Watership Down (1978), The Lord of the Rings (1978), The Plague Dogs (1982), The Black Cauldron (1985), Dogville (2003), Valiant (2005) and BBC's Merlin (2008–2012), as well as The Gruffalo's Child (2011), and Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure (2015).

Early life and education


John Vincent Hurt was born on January 22, 1940, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire,[9][10] the son of Phyllis (née Massey; 1907–1975), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt (1904–1999), a mathematician who became a Church of England clergyman and served as vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.[11][12] His father was previously vicar of St John's parish in Sunderland, County Durham. In 1937, he moved his family to Derbyshire, where he became Perpetual Curate of Holy Trinity Church. When Hurt was five, his father became the vicar of St Stephen's Church in Woodville, Derbyshire, and remained there until 1953.[13]

At the age of eight, Hurt was sent to the Anglican St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, Kent,[14] where he eventually developed his passion for acting. He decided he wanted to become an actor after his first role as a girl in a school production of The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck.[15] Hurt stated that a senior master at the school would abuse him and others by removing his two false front teeth and putting his tongue in the boys' mouths, as well as rubbing their faces with his stubble, and that the experience affected him hugely.[16] Hurt, aged 12, became a boarder at Lincoln School (then a grammar school) because he had failed the entrance examination for admission to his brother's school. His headmaster at Lincoln School laughed when Hurt told him he wanted to be an actor, telling him, "Well, you may be all right in school plays but you wouldn't stand a chance in the profession."[17]

Hurt's father moved to St Aidan's Church in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. In a Guardian interview Hurt states the family lived in a vicarage opposite a cinema, but he was not allowed to go there, as films were "frowned upon." However, watching theatre was considered "fine" and encouraged particularly by his mother, who took him regularly to the repertory theatre in Cleethorpes. His parents disliked his later acting ambitions and encouraged him to become an art teacher instead.[17] Aged 17, Hurt enrolled in Grimsby Art School (now the East Coast School of Art and Design), where he studied art. In 1959, he won a scholarship allowing him to study for an Art Teacher's Diploma at Saint Martin's School of Art in London.[18] Despite the scholarship, paying his tuition fees and living expenses was difficult, so he persuaded some of his friends to pose naked and sold the portraits. In 1960, he won a scholarship to Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he trained for two years,[16] graduating in 1962 with an Acting (RADA Diploma).[19]




Hurt portrayed Sir Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Hurt's first film role was as Phil Corbett in the Ralph Thomas directed British romantic drama The Wild and the Willing (1962). Hurt starred alongside Virginia Maskell and Paul Rogers. In 1963 he acted in the Kitchen sink drama This Is My Street. The following year he appeared in the television series Gideon's Way episode: The Tin God (1964) as prison escapee Freddy Tisdale.

Hurt's first major role was as Richard Rich in the Fred Zinnemann directed historical drama film A Man for All Seasons (1966).[20] Hurt acted alongside Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Orson Welles, Robert Shaw, Susannah York, and Vanessa Redgrave. The film received critical acclaim and six Academy Awards including for Best Picture. Hurt then acted in the British romantic drama The Sailor from Gibraltar starring Jeanne Moreau directed by Tony Richardson. He then starred in John Huston's raunchy adventure comedy Sinful Davey (1969) which critics compared to the film Tom Jones. That same year he acted in the British war film Before Winter Comes opposite David Niven and the drama In Search of Gregory alongside Julie Christie.

He then played Timothy Evans, who was hanged for murders committed by his landlord John Christie, in 10 Rillington Place (1971), earning him his first BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal of Quentin Crisp in the TV play The Naked Civil Servant (1975) gave him prominence and earned him the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.[20] The following year, Hurt appeared as Anthony John Grey, a crooked computer programming expert in The Sweeney episode Tomorrow Man.


Hurt portrayed Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man (1980)

He won further acclaim for his bravura performance as the Roman emperor Caligula in the BBC drama serial I, Claudius (1976). In a much later documentary about the series, I Claudius: A Television Epic (2002), Hurt revealed that he had originally declined the role when it was first offered to him, but that series director Herbert Wise had invited him to a special pre-production party, hoping Hurt would change his mind, and that he was so impressed by meeting the rest of the cast and crew that he reversed his decision and took the role.[21]

Hurt appeared in the 1978 film Midnight Express, for which he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (the latter of which he lost to Christopher Walken for his performance in The Deer Hunter).[21] Around the same time, he lent his voice to Ralph Bakshi's animated film adaptation of Lord of the Rings, playing the role of Aragorn. Hurt voiced Hazel, the heroic rabbit leader of his warren in the film adaptation of Watership Down (both 1978) and later played the major villain, General Woundwort, in the animated television series version.[22]

His other roles in the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s included Kane, the first victim of the title creature in the Ridley Scott directed film Alien (1979). He reprised the role as a parody in Spaceballs. In 1980 he portrayed the deformed Joseph Merrick in David Lynch's biographical drama film The Elephant Man (1980). Hurt starred alongside Anthony Hopkins, John Gielgud, and Anne Bancroft. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian praised his performance writing, "John Hurt, in complex and intricate prosthetics, plays Merrick with an unforgettably distinctive, gentle, quavering voice".[23] He won another the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.[20]

That same year he starred in Michael Cimino's epic Western Heaven's Gate starring Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, and Sam Waterston. The following year he portrayed Jesus Christ in the Mel Brooks comedy film History of the World, Part I (1981). Also in 1981 he starred in Delbert Mann's thriller Night Crossing (1981). He earned the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for his performances as Bob Champion in the sports drama Champions (1984), Mitchell Braddock in the crime thriller The Hit (1984), and Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). He also played the would-be art school radical Scrawdyke in Little Malcolm (1974).



Hurt also had a starring role in Sam Peckinpah's critically panned but moderately successful final film, The Osterman Weekend (1983). Also in this period, he starred as the Fool opposite Laurence Olivier's King in King Lear (1983). Hurt also appeared as Raskolnikov in a BBC television adaptation of Crime and Punishment (1979).[24]

Hurt voiced Snitter in The Plague Dogs, played Winston Smith in the film adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and starred in Disney's The Black Cauldron (1985), voicing the film's main antagonist, the Horned King. Hurt provided the voiceover for AIDS: Iceberg/Tombstone,[25] a 1986 public information film warning of the dangers of AIDS, and played the title role, the on-screen narrator, in Jim Henson's television series The StoryTeller (1988).

He had a supporting role as "Bird" O'Donnell in Jim Sheridan's film The Field (1990), which garnered him another BAFTA nomination. In this film Hurt starred alongside Richard Harris who earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In King Ralph (1991) Hurt played Lord Percival Graves. Hurt portrayed James Graham, 1st Duke of Montrose in the historical drama Rob Roy opposite Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange and Tim Roth. That same year he acted in the Jim Jarmusch directed Western Dead Man starring Johnny Depp, and Walter Hill's Western Wild Bill (1995) with Jeff Bridges.

In 1997 he starred in Richard Kwietniowski's Love and Death on Long Island for which he was nominated for the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film. He was cast as the reclusive tycoon S.R. Hadden in Contact (1997).[22] During this time, Hurt provided narration on the British musical group Art of Noise's concept album The Seduction of Claude Debussy and narrated a four-part TV series The Universe (1999).[26]


Cynthia Nixon, Hurt and Swoosie Kurtz in 2009

In the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), he played Mr Ollivander, the wand-maker. He returned for the adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, though his scenes in that film were cut. He also returned for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2. In the 2006 film V for Vendetta, he played the role of Adam Sutler, leader of the Norsefire fascist dictatorship and in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) he appeared as Harold Oxley.[27]

He voiced the Great Dragon Kilgharrah, who aids the young warlock Merlin as he protects the future King Arthur, in the BBC television series Merlin (also 2008).[28] In 2011, he narrated the BBC documentary, Planet Dinosaur, a dinosaur-centered documentary completely shown through CGI.[29]

More than thirty years after The Naked Civil Servant, Hurt reprised the role of Quentin Crisp in the 2009 film An Englishman in New York. This television film depicts Crisp's later years in New York.[30] He returned to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, playing the on-screen Big Brother for the Paper Zoo Theatre Company's stage adaptation of the novel in June 2009. The theatre production premiered at the National Media Museum, in Bradford and toured during 2010. Hurt said, "I think Paper Zoo thought it would be quite ironic to have the person who played Winston having risen in the party. From the Chestnut Tree Cafe, he's managed to get his wits together again, now understanding that 2 and 2 make 5, and becomes Big Brother. So it tickled my fancy, and of course I looked up Paper Zoo, and they seem to me to be the sort of company that's essential in the country as we know it, and doing a lot of really good stuff."[31]

Hurt in 2015

At the 65th British Academy Film Awards Hurt won the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. In 2013, Hurt first appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Name of the Doctor" as an unplaced incarnation of the Doctor.[32] His character is named as the War Doctor in the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor"; his character is given focus in the 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor",[32] He reprised the role on audio for Big Finish Productions in a series of audio stories starting from 2015 to 2017, completing twelve episodes over four box sets.[33] He also played the title character in an audio drama adaptation of The Invisible Man for the company, for which he was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award.[34][35]

During Terry Gilliam's eighth attempt at making his development hell project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Hurt was set to star as Don Quixote alongside Adam Driver. However, his declining health and eventual death led the project to be cancelled yet again; he was eventually replaced by Jonathan Pryce.[36][37]

Hurt was due to appear alongside Ben Kingsley in a film entitled Broken Dream, to be directed by Neil Jordan.[38] In 2015, Hurt provided the voice of main antagonist Sailor John in the Thomas & Friends film Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure along with Eddie Redmayne (Ryan) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Skiff).[39] At the time of his death he had completed filming That Good Night, in which he played a terminally ill writer.[40] Hurt was initially cast as Neville Chamberlain in Darkest Hour. However, according to Gary Oldman, Hurt was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, and dropped the role in pre-production; actor Ronald Pickup assumed the role of Chamberlain instead.[41]

Personal life

Hurt in 2014

Hurt had an older brother, Br. Anselm (born Michael), a Roman Catholic convert who became a monk and writer at Glenstal Abbey; Hurt contributed to his brother's books.[42] Hurt also had an adopted sister, Monica. In 1962, Hurt's father left his parish in Cleethorpes to become headmaster of St Michael's College in the Central American country of British Honduras. Hurt's mother died in 1975, and his father died in 1999 at the age of 95.

In 1962, Hurt married actress Annette Robertson. The marriage ended in 1964. In 1967, he began his longest relationship with Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot, a French model. The couple had planned to get married after 15 years together. On 26 January 1983, Hurt and Volpeliere-Pierrot went horseback riding early in the morning near their house in Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire; Volpeliere-Pierrot was thrown from her horse. She went into a coma and died later that day.[43]

In September 1984, Hurt married his old friend, Donna Peacock, an American actress, at a local Register Office. The couple moved to Kenya but divorced in January 1990.[citation needed]

On 24 January 1990, Hurt married Joan Dalton, an American production assistant,[22] whom he had met while filming Scandal. With her, he had two sons. This marriage ended in 1996 and was followed by a seven-year relationship with Sarah Owens, a Dublin-born presenter and writer. The couple moved to County Wicklow, where they settled close to their friends, director John Boorman and Claddagh Records founder and Guinness heir Garech Browne. In July 2002, the couple separated. In March 2005, Hurt married his fourth wife, Anwen Rees-Meyers, an advertising film producer. He gave up smoking and drinking during his fourth marriage.[44] He lived in Cromer, Norfolk.[45]

In 2007, Hurt took part in the BBC genealogical television series Who Do You Think You Are?, which investigated part of his family history. Prior to the programme, Hurt had harboured a love of Ireland and was enamoured of a "deeply beguiling" family legend that suggested his great-grandmother had been the illegitimate daughter of a Marquess of Sligo. The genealogical evidence uncovered seemed to contradict the family legend, rendering the suggestion doubtful. The search revealed that his great-grandmother had previously lived in Grimsby, at a location within a mile of the art college at which Hurt had been a student.[46]

In 2016, Hurt announced he was in favour of the United Kingdom voting to remain in the EU.[47]

Illness and death


On 16 June 2015, Hurt publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer.[48] He confirmed that he would continue to work while undergoing treatment and said that both he and the medical team treating him were "more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome."[49] Following treatment, he stated that his cancer was in remission on 12 October 2015.[50] Hurt died at his home in Cromer, Norfolk, on 25 January 2017, three days after his 77th birthday.[51][52]

Hurt at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Awards and honours

Year Award Category Work Result
1978 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Midnight Express Nominated
1980 Best Actor The Elephant Man Nominated
1978 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Midnight Express Won
1980 Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama The Elephant Man Nominated
1971 BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor 10 Rillington Place Nominated
1975 Best Actor The Naked Civil Servant Won
1978 Best Supporting Actor Midnight Express Won
1979 Alien Nominated
1980 Best Actor The Elephant Man Won
1989 Best Supporting Actor The Field Nominated
2009 Best Actor An Englishman in New York Nominated
2011 BAFTA Special Award Received


In 2004, Hurt was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).[53] He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama.[54][55] On 17 July 2015, he attended an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle where he received the accolade from Queen Elizabeth II.[56]

In 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his album cover for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most admired.[57][58]

In 2014, he received the Will Award, presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company, along with Stacy Keach and Dame Diana Rigg. The John Hurt Centre opened in September 2016 and is an education and exhibition space located at Cinema City, Norwich.[59]

Charity patron

Hurt's marmalade-themed Paddington Bear statue in London, auctioned to raise funds for the NSPCC

Since 2003, Hurt was a patron of the Proteus Syndrome Foundation, both in the United Kingdom and in the US.[60] Proteus syndrome is the condition that Joseph Merrick, who Hurt played (renamed as John Merrick) in The Elephant Man, is thought to have suffered from, although Merrick's exact condition is still not known with certainty.[61][62][63][64]

From 2006, Hurt had been a patron of Project Harar, a UK-based charity working in Ethiopia for children with facial disfigurements.[65] Hurt was announced as patron of Norwich Cinema City in March 2013.[66]

In 2014, Hurt designed a Paddington Bear statue which was placed outside the British Museum. It was one of fifty statues of Paddington located around London prior to the release of the film Paddington which were auctioned to raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).[67]

University degrees and appointments

In January 2002, Hurt received an honorary degree from the University of Derby. In January 2006 he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Hull. In 2012 he was appointed provost of Norwich University College of the Arts,[68] and became its first chancellor when the college became a full university in 2013.[69][70] On 23 January 2013, he was given an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Lincoln, at Lincoln Cathedral.[71]


  1. ^ Sephton, Connor (29 January 2017). "Acclaimed British actor Sir John Hurt dies from cancer aged 77". Sky News. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (27 January 2017). "John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated 'Elephant Man' Actor, Dead at 77". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 December 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  3. ^ Ellen, Barbara (13 March 2006). "Barbara Ellen meets John Hurt". The Observer. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "John Hurt, 'the most distinctive voice in Britain', falls silent". The Australian. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ "John Hurt 'thrilled' with Bafta lifetime achievement honour". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  6. ^ Sources that refer to the final scene of Hurt's character in Alien as one of the most memorable in cinematic history include these:
  7. ^ Jones, Paul. "Doctor Who 50th anniversary: John Hurt to play "part of the Doctor"". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  8. ^ Tobin, Christian (8 May 2013). "John Hurt teases 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  9. ^ "John Hurt biography". Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  10. ^ England and Wales Birth records Archived 16 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 23 August 2014.
  11. ^ "John Hurt biography". Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  12. ^ "BBC Radio Derby". Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Woodville and Hartshorne Heritage Trail". South Derbyshire District Council. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  14. ^ "John Hurt obituary: Open-hearted and hysterically funny". The Irish Times.
  15. ^ "John Hurt | Film | The Guardian".
  16. ^ a b Byrnes, Sholto (16 October 2005). "John Hurt: I was abused, too". Independent on Sunday. London, UK. Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  17. ^ a b "The Guardian Interview: John Hurt". The Guardian. UK. 1 July 2000. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  18. ^ Rob Sharp (19 April 2008). Central Saint Martins: The art and soul of Britain Archived 20 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine. The Independent (London). Retrieved July 2013.
  19. ^ "RADA Student & graduate profiles: John Hurt". Retrieved 7 January 2023.
  20. ^ a b c Macy, Seth G. (27 January 2017). "Alien and Harry Potter Actor John HurtDies". IGN. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Actor John Hurt Is Dead At 77". Fox. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  22. ^ a b c Graham, Chris (28 January 2017). "Sir John Hurt, legendary British actor, dies aged 77 after battle with pancreatic cancer". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  23. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (12 March 2020). "The Elephant Man review – David Lynch's tragic tale of compassion". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  24. ^ Rees, Jasper (18 April 2007). "Why I'm So Furious with the BBC". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  25. ^ "BFI Screenonline: AIDS: Iceberg / Tombstone". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  26. ^ "Universe (TV Series 1999) - IMDb". IMDb.
  27. ^ "IESB First Look: Indy IV Looks Back at the Original Trilogy" (Video). IESB. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
  28. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (23 July 2008). "Michelle Ryan and John Hurt join all-star cast for BBC1 drama Merlin". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  29. ^ Roe, Annabelle Honess (11 June 2013). Animated Documentary. Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-01746-8.
  30. ^ "Actor Hurt to reprise Crisp role". BBC News. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  31. ^ "The History of John Hurt". Apeyo. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  32. ^ a b Rayner, Gordon (3 July 2013). "Doctor Who's new adversary". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  33. ^ "Doctor Who: The War Doctor". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  34. ^ "The Big Finish Podcast: Sir John Hurt Tribute". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  35. ^ "The BBC Audio Drama Awards - 2018 Finalists". BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  36. ^ "John Hurt says he'll star in Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote movie, if it ever happens". AV Club. 23 September 2014.
  37. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (22 September 2015). "Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Delayed Again Due To John Hurt's Cancer Diagnosis". The Playlist. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  38. ^ "Ben Kingsley & John Hurt for Neil Jordan – John Boorman's 'Broken Dream'". IFTN. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  39. ^ "Eddie Redmayne, John Hurt Board 'Thomas' Feature". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  40. ^ "'That Good Night': A charismatic performance caps career of the great John Hurt". Chicago Sun-Times. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2024.
  41. ^ "John Hurt won't appear in Darkest Hour, what was thought to be his final film". Digital Spy. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  42. ^ "Br. Alselm's cookbook". 17 October 2009. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  43. ^ Norman, Michael (2 December 1990). "John Hurt: Always in Character". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  44. ^ "Never lose the edge – John Hurt interview". The Scotsman. 8 February 2018.
  45. ^ "Acting legend John Hurt talks about his upcoming BAFTA award and life living near Cromer". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  46. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? – John Hurt". BBC Magazine. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  47. ^ "The celebrities that support Brexit (and the ones backing Remain)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 13 June 2022. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  48. ^ "Actor John Hurt reveals cancer diagnosis: agency". Reuters. 16 June 2015. Archived from the original on 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  49. ^ "'John Hurt 'more than optimistic' as he reveals pancreatic cancer diagnosis'". The Guardian. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  50. ^ "John Hurt "overjoyed" and "thrilled" at cancer remission news". Digital Spy. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  51. ^ "Sir John Hurt: Bafta-winning actor dies aged 77". BBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  52. ^ Coveney, Michael (28 January 2017). "Sir John Hurt obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  53. ^ "Actor Hurt earns his CBE". BBC News. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  54. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N2.
  55. ^ "2015 New Year Honours List" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2015.
  56. ^ "'Proud' John Hurt Receives Knighthood". Sky News. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  57. ^ "New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday". The Guardian. 5 October 2016.
  58. ^ "Sir Peter Blake's new Beatles' Sgt Pepper's album cover". BBC. 9 November 2016.
  59. ^ "The John Hurt Centre". Norfolk at the Pictures. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  60. ^ "Proteus Syndrome Foundation UK". Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  61. ^ Tibbles JA, Cohen MM (1986). "The Proteus Syndrome: the Elephant Man diagnosed". Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 293 (6548): 683–85. doi:10.1136/bmj.293.6548.683. PMC 1341524. PMID 3092979.
  62. ^ Spiring P (June 2001). "The improbable Elephant Man". Biologist (London, England). 48 (3). Biologist (London): 104. PMID 11399837. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  63. ^ "Ancient DNA analysis unveils mystery of history's most horribly deformed man -- The Elephant Man". EurekAlert!. 21 July 2003. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  64. ^ Highfield, Roger (22 July 2003). "Science uncovers handsome side of the Elephant Man". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  65. ^ "John Hurt". Project Harar. 19 July 2006. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  66. ^ Meddings, Sabah (29 March 2013). "John Hurt announced as new patron of Norwich's Cinema City". EDP24. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  67. ^ "Why Paddington Bear Statues Have Taken Over London". Condé Nast. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  68. ^ "Hollywood legend takes up Norwich University post". ITV News. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  69. ^ "John Hurt appointed Norwich University of the Arts chancellor". BBC News. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  70. ^ "Hollywood glamour marks the official renaming of Norwich University of the Arts". Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  71. ^ "John Hurt CBE joins honoraries at January graduation" Archived 22 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine University of Lincoln, 21 January 2013; retrieved 21 March 2013.