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Sir John Hurt
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Born(1940-01-22) 22 January 1940 (age 74)
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
ResidenceCromer, Norfolk, England
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Annette Robertson (m. 1962; div. 1964)
Donna Peacock (m. 1984; div. 1990)
Joan Dalton (m. 1990; div. 1996)
Anwen Rees-Myers (m. 2005)
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Sir John Hurt
John Hurt Cannes 2013.JPG
Born(1940-01-22) 22 January 1940 (age 74)
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
ResidenceCromer, Norfolk, England
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Annette Robertson (m. 1962; div. 1964)
Donna Peacock (m. 1984; div. 1990)
Joan Dalton (m. 1990; div. 1996)
Anwen Rees-Myers (m. 2005)

Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE (born 22 January 1940) is an English actor. Among other honours, he has received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, and four BAFTA Awards, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement recognition.[1]

Hurt is known for his leading roles as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Mr. Braddock in The Hit, Stephen Ward in Scandal, Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant and An Englishman in New York, and Caligula in I, Claudius. Recognisable for his distinctive rich voice,[2] he has also enjoyed a successful voice acting career in films such as Watership Down, the animated The Lord of the Rings, and Dogville, as well as the BBC television series Merlin. He portrayed the War Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor", following brief appearances in previous episodes.[3][4]

Hurt initially came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons, and has since appeared in films such as Alien, Midnight Express, Rob Roy, V for Vendetta, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the Harry Potter film series, the Hellboy films, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Hurt is one of Britain's best-known, most prolific, and most sought-after actors, and has had a versatile career spanning six decades.[5] He is also known for his many Shakespearean roles.[6] His character's final scene in Alien has been named by a number of publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.[7]

Early life[edit]

Hurt was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire,[8] the son of Phyllis (née Massey), an amateur actress and engineer, and Arnould Herbert Hurt, a mathematician who became an Anglican clergyman and served as vicar of Shirebrook.[6][9] Hurt's father was also a vicar at St John's Church in Sunderland. 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 1952.

In 1945, Hurt's father founded 1st Woodville (St. Stephen's) Scout Group, which is still going today.[citation needed] Hurt had a strict upbringing; the family lived opposite a cinema, but he was not allowed to see films there. He was also not permitted to mix with local children because his parents saw them as "too common".[10]

At the age of eight, Hurt was sent to the Anglican St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, Kent, where he eventually developed his passion for acting. He decided he wanted to become an actor, and his first role was that of a girl in a school production of The Bluebird (L'Oiseau Bleu) by Maurice Maeterlinck. While he was a pupil at the school, he was abused by Donald Cormack (now deceased), then Senior Master of the school and later Head Teacher (until his retirement in 1981).[11] Hurt described how Cormack would remove his two false front teeth and put his tongue in the boys' mouths, and how he would rub their faces with his stubble. Hurt said that the experience affected him hugely.[12]

Hurt's father moved to Old Clee Church in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Hurt (then aged 12) became a boarder at Christ's Hospital School (then a grammar school) in Lincoln, because he had failed the entrance exam for admission to his brother's school. Hurt often accompanied his mother to Cleethorpes Repertory Theatre, but his parents disliked his acting ambitions and encouraged him to become an art teacher instead. His headmaster, Mr Franklin, laughed when Hurt told him he wanted to be an actor, telling him that he "wouldn't stand a chance in the profession".[10]

Aged 17, Hurt enrolled in Grimsby Art School (now the East Coast School of Art & Design), where he studied art. In 1959, Hurt won a scholarship allowing him to study for an Art Teacher's Diploma (ATD) at Saint Martin's School of Art in London.[13] Despite the scholarship, paying for his studies was financially difficult, so he persuaded some of his friends to pose nude and sold the portraits. In 1960, he won a scholarship to RADA, where he trained for two years. He was then cast in small roles on television.[citation needed]


Hurt's first film was The Wild and the Willing (1962), but his first major role was as Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons (1966). In 1971 he played Timothy Evans, who was hanged for murders committed by his landlord John Christie, in 10 Rillington Place, earning him his first BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal of Quentin Crisp in the 1975 TV play The Naked Civil Servant gave him prominence and earned him the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. The following year, Hurt played the Roman emperor Caligula in the BBC drama serial, I, Claudius. In 1978 he appeared in 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). Hurt voiced Hazel, the heroic rabbit leader of his warren in the film adaptation of Watership Down and later played the major villain, General Woundwort, in the animated television series version.

His roles at the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s included Kane, the first victim of the title creature in the film Alien (a role which he reprised as a parody in Spaceballs); would-be art school radical Scrawdyke in Little Malcolm; and "John" Merrick in the Joseph Merrick biography The Elephant Man, for which he won another BAFTA and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1978 he lent his voice to Ralph Bakshi's animated film adaptation of Lord of the Rings, playing the role of Aragorn. He also had a starring role in Sam Peckinpah's critically panned but moderately successful final film, The Osterman Weekend (1983). Also in 1983 he starred as the Fool opposite Laurence Olivier's King in King Lear. Hurt also appeared as Raskolnikov in the 1979 BBC TV mini-series adaptation of Crime and Punishment.[14]

Cynthia Nixon, Hurt and Swoosie Kurtz in 2009.

Hurt played Winston Smith in the 1984 film adaptation of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In 1985 he starred in Disney's The Black Cauldron, voicing the film's main antagonist, the Horned King. In 1986, Hurt provided the voiceover for AIDS: Iceberg / Tombstone,[15] a public information film warning of the dangers of AIDS. In 1988 he played the title role, the on-screen narrator, in Jim Henson's The StoryTeller TV series. He had a supporting role as "Bird" O'Donnell in Jim Sheridan's 1990 film The Field, which garnered him another BAFTA nomination. In 1997, Hurt played the reclusive tycoon S.R. Hadden in Contact.

In 2001, he played Mr Ollivander, the wand-maker, in the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. 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 1999, Hurt provided narration on the British musical group Art of Noise's concept album The Seduction of Claude Debussy. During this time, he narrated a four-part TV series The Universe which was released on DVD in 1999. In the 2006 film V for Vendetta he played the role of Adam Sutler, leader of the Norsefire fascist dictatorship. In May 2008, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Harold Oxley.[16] He is also the voice of The Great Dragon Kilgharrah, who aids the young warlock Merlin as he protects the future king Arthur, in the BBC television series Merlin.[17]

In 2008, 33 years after The Naked Civil Servant, Hurt reprised the role of Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York. This film depicts Crisp's later years in New York.[18]

In June 2009, Hurt played the on-screen Big Brother for Paper Zoo Theatre Company's production of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. 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."[19]

At the 65th British Academy Film Awards Hurt won the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

In 2013 Hurt appeared in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor", as a 'forgotten' incarnation of the Doctor, known as the War Doctor.[20]

Hurt is due to appear alongside Ben Kingsley in a film entitled Broken Dream, to be directed by Neil Jordan.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Hurt has an older brother, Br. Anselm (born Michael), a Roman Catholic convert who became a monk and writer at Glenstal Abbey; Hurt has contributed to his brother's books.[22] Hurt also has 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. In that same year, Hurt first performed on the London stage and married actress Annette Robertson. The marriage ended in 1964. In 1967, he began his longest relationship, with French model Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot, sister of fashion photographer Jean-Claude Volpeliere-Pierrot. The couple had planned to get married after 15 years, when events took a tragic turn on 26 January 1983; Hurt and Volpeliere-Pierrot went horse riding early in the morning near their house in Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire. Volpeliere-Pierrot was thrown off her horse and suffered a fall. She went into a coma and died later that day.[23] Hurt's mother died in 1975, and his father died in 1999 at the age of 95. In September 1984, Hurt married his old friend, American actress Donna Peacock, at a local Register Office. The couple moved to Kenya, but divorced in January 1990.

At the 2009 premiere of An Englishman in New York

On 24 January 1990, Hurt married American production assistant Joan Dalton,[24] whom he had met while filming Scandal. With her he had two sons: Alexander "Sasha" John Vincent Hurt (born 6 February 1990) and Nicholas "Nick" Hurt (born 5 February 1993), who are currently residing in County Waterford, Ireland. Nick has gone to acting school in England and wishes to follow in his father's footsteps.[citation needed] This marriage ended in 1996 and was followed with a seven-year relationship with Dublin-born presenter and writer Sarah Owens. The couple moved to County Wicklow, where they settled close to their friends, director John Boorman, and Claddagh Records founder and Guinness heir The Hon Garech de Brún. In July 2002 the couple separated. In March 2005, Hurt married his fourth wife, advertising film producer Anwen Rees Meyers. He now lives near Cromer, Norfolk.[25]

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 participating in 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 Irish nobleman the Marquess of Sligo. The genealogical evidence uncovered seemed to contradict the family legend, rendering the 'suggestion' doubtful. Coincidentally 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 once enrolled.[26]

Appointments and honours[edit]


In 2004, Hurt was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).[27]

He was knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama.[28][29]

Charity patron[edit]

Since 2003, Hurt has been a patron of the Proteus Syndrome Foundation, both in the United Kingdom and in the USA.[30] Proteus syndrome is the condition that Joseph Merrick, who Hurt played in The Elephant Man, is though to have suffered from, although Merrick's exact condition is still not known with certainty.[31][32][33][34]

Since 2006, Hurt has been a patron of Project Harar, a UK-based charity working in Ethiopia for children with facial disfigurements.[35]

Since 2009 he has been patron of QUAD, an arts centre in Derby. On 25 September 2009 Hurt visited QUAD and took part in a Q&A directly preceding a screening of the film Night Train as part of the festivities, celebrating QUAD's first birthday (it opened on 26 September 2008). The following day he was guest of honour at Derby County vs Bristol City and went onto the pitch at Pride Park at half-time to oversee a prize draw.[citation needed]

Hurt was announced as patron of Norwich Cinema City in March 2013.[36]

University degrees and appointments[edit]

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 the first Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts.[37][38]

On 23 January 2013 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Lincoln, at Lincoln Cathedral.[39]



1962Wild and the Willing, TheThe Wild and the WillingPhil
1964This Is My StreetCharlie
1966Man for All Seasons, AA Man for All SeasonsRichard Rich
1967Sailor from Gibraltar, TheThe Sailor from GibraltarJohn
1969In Search of GregoryDaniel
1969Sinful DaveyDavey Haggart
1969Before Winter ComesLieutenant Pilkington
1971Mr. Forbush and the PenguinsRichard Forbush
197110 Rillington PlaceTimothy John EvansNominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1972Pied Piper, TheThe Pied PiperFranz
1974Little MalcolmMalcolm Scrawdyke
1975Ghoul, TheThe GhoulTom Rawlings
1975Linea del fiume, LaLa Linea del fiumeChandler
1977East of Elephant RockNash
1977Three Dangerous LadiesLt. Simmonds
1977The DisappearanceAtkinson
1978Watership DownHazelVoice role
1978Shout, TheThe ShoutAnthony Fielding
1978Midnight ExpressMaxGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1978Lord of the Rings, TheThe Lord of the RingsAragornVoice role
1979AlienKaneDVDX Award for Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) (2003 re-issue in Alien Quadrilogy, shared with Ridley Scott, Ronald Shusett, Terry Rawlings, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright and Harry Dean Stanton)
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1980Elephant Man, TheThe Elephant ManJohn MerrickBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
1980Heaven's GateBilly Irvine
1981Night CrossingPeter Strelzyk
1981History of the World, Part IJesus Christ
1982Plague Dogs, TheThe Plague DogsSnitterVoice
1983Osterman Weekend, TheThe Osterman WeekendLawrence Fassett
1984ChampionsBob ChampionEvening Standard British Film Awards for Best Actor
1984Success Is the Best RevengeDino Montecurva
1984Hit, TheThe HitBraddockEvening Standard British Film Awards for Best Actor
Mystfest for Best Actor (shared with: Terence Stamp and Tim Roth)
1984Nineteen Eighty-FourWinston SmithEvening Standard British Film Awards for Best Actor
Fantasporto for Best Actor (tied with Eddy Mitchell for Frankenstein 90)
Valladolid International Film Festival for Best Actor (tied with Richard Burton)
1985After DarknessPeter HunningfordEntered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival
1985Black Cauldron, TheThe Black CauldronThe Horned KingVoice
1986Jake SpeedSid
1987Hunting of the Snark, TheThe Hunting of the SnarkNarratorVoice
1987From the HipDouglas Benoit
1987SpaceballsKaneCameo of his Alien (1979) character 'Kane', humorously self-parodied with the line: "Oh no... Not again!"
1987AriaThe ActorSegment "I pagliacci"
1987VincentNarrator (Vincent van Gogh's letters to his brother)Voice
1987White MischiefGilbert Colvile
1988Bengali Night, TheThe Bengali NightLucien Metz
1989ScandalStephen Ward
1989Little SweetheartRobert Burger
1990Romeo-JulietLa Dame aux Chats
1990WindprintsCharles Rutherford
1990The FieldBird O'DonnellNominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1990Frankenstein UnboundDr. Joe Buchanan
1991I Dreamt I Woke UpJohn Boorman's Alter Ego
1991King RalphLord Percival Graves
1992Lapse of MemoryConrad Farmer
1993Kölcsönkapott időSean
1993L'Oeil qui mentAnthony / Le Marquis
1993Even Cowgirls Get the BluesThe Countess
1994Rabbit Ears: Aladdin and the Magic LampStorytellerDirect-to-video release
1994ThumbelinaMr. MoleVoice only
1994Second BestUncle Turpin
1995Two Nudes BathingMarquis de Prey
1995Saigon BabyJack Lee
1995Rob RoyJohn Graham, Marquis of Montrose
1995Dead ManJohn Scholfield
1995Wild BillCharley Prince
1997Tender Loving CareDr. TurnerInteractive CD-ROM film
1997Love and Death on Long IslandGiles De'AthFIPRESCI Prize – Special Mention of Chicago International Film Festival (shared with: Richard Kwietniowski)
Nominated – British Independent Film Awards for Best Performance by a British Actor in an Independent Film
1997ContactS.R. Hadden
1998The CommissionerJames MortonEntered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival
1998Night TrainMichael PooleVerona Love Screens Film Festival for Best Actor
1998All the Little AnimalsMr. Summers
1999Climb, TheThe ClimbChuck Langer
1999New BloodAlan White
1999Monkey's Tale, AA Monkey's TaleSebastianEnglish dub of French film Le Château des singes
1999If... Dog... Rabbit...Sean Cooper
1999You're Dead...Maitland
2000Tigger Movie, TheThe Tigger MovieNarratorVoice
2000Lost SoulsFather Lareaux
2001Captain Corelli's MandolinDr. Iannis
2001Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneMr. Ollivander
2002Crime and PunishmentPorfiry
2003Owning MahownyVictor Foss
2003Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury HillMan from Maybury Hill
2004HellboyProfessor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
2005Short OrderFelix
2005Proposition, TheThe PropositionJellon LambNominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2005Shooting DogsChristopher
2005Skeleton Key, TheThe Skeleton KeyBen Devereaux
2006V for VendettaAdam Sutler
2006Perfume: The Story of a MurdererNarratorVoice
2007BoxesLe père de Fanny
2008Oxford Murders, TheThe Oxford MurdersArthur Seldom
2008Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullDr. Harold Oxley
2008Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyProfessor Trevor 'Broom' BruttenholmCameo
2008Lecture 21Mondrian Kilroy
2009Limits of Control, TheThe Limits of ControlGuitar
2009New York, I Love YouWaiter
200944 Inch ChestOld Man PeanutNominated – London Film Critics' Circle for Best British Supporting Actor
2010Ultramarines: The MovieCarnakVoice
2010Brighton RockPhil Corkery
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Mr. Ollivander
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Mr. Ollivander
2011In Love with Alma CoganMaster of Ceremonies
2011Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyControlNominated — Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — International Cinephile Society Award for Best Cast (runner-up)
2011ImmortalsOld man/Narrator
2012Jayne Mansfield's CarKingsley Bedford
2013Charlie CountrymanNarratorVoice.[40] Hurt's narration was in the original version of the film shown at the Sundance Festival, but subsequently the film was re-edited and the narration removed (though it is available as an 'extra' on the Blu-ray release).[41][42][43]
2013Only Lovers Left AliveMarlowe
2013More Than HoneyNarratorVoice; documentary
2013Benjamin Britten – Peace and ConflictNarrator
2014HerculesCotys, King of Thrace
2015The Absinthe DrinkersAntonio ArgentiFilming


1961Drama 61–67Private BriggsEpisode 1.16: "Drama '61: Local Incident"
1962Z-CarsJames HoganEpisode 1.29: "Assault"
1963First NightGarryEpisode 1.12: "Menace"
1964Armchair TheatreUnknownEpisode 4.102: "A Jug of Bread"
1964Thursday TheatreOrpheusEpisode 1.11: "Point of Departure"
1964–1965ITV Play of the WeekVarious charactersAppeared in three episodes
1965Gideon's WayFreddy TinsdaleEpisode 1.14: "The Tin God"
1973Wessex TalesJoshua HarlboroughEpisode 1.3: "A Tragedy of Two Ambitions"
1974Playboy of the Western World, TheThe Playboy of the Western WorldChristopher "Christy" Mahontelevision film
1975Naked Civil Servant, TheThe Naked Civil ServantQuentin Crisptelevision film
British Academy Television Award for Best Actor; #4 in BFI TV 100
1976Shades of GreeneFredEpisode 2.6: "A Drive in the Country"
1976Play for TodayAlec CassellEpisode 6.22: "The Peddler"
1976Sweeney, TheThe SweeneyTony GreyEpisode 3.4: "Tomorrow Man"
1976I, ClaudiusCaligulaTV mini-series
1977SpectreMitri Cyontelevision film
1979Crime and PunishmentRodion Romanovich RaskolnikovTV mini-series
1983King LearThe Fooltelevision film
1988DeadlineGranville Jonestelevision film
1988Storyteller, TheThe StorytellerThe StorytellerAppeared in all nine first series episodes
1990Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing, TheThe Investigation: Inside a Terrorist BombingChris Mullintelevision film
1991Journey to KnockAlfredtelevision film
1991Red FoxArchie CarpenterTV mini-series
1992Six Characters in Search of an AuthorThe Fathertelevision film
1993Great Moments in AviationRex Goodyear
1995Prisoners in TimeEric Lomax
1999–2000Watership DownGeneral WoundwortMultiple episodes; voice
2001Beckett on FilmKrapp's Last TapeKrapptelevision film
2002BaitJack Blake
2004Alan Clark Diaries, TheThe Alan Clark DiariesAlan ClarkTV serial
2004PrideHarrytelevision film; voice
2007Hellboy: Blood and IronProfessor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholmtelevision film; voice
2007Masters of Science FictionSamswopeEpisode 1.4: "The Discarded"
2008RecountWarren Christophertelevision film
2008–2012Merlin (Seasons 1-5)The Great Dragon, KilgharrahVoice; does not appear in every episode, yet is credited in the opening title sequence for each episode. Also provides the narrative voice at the start of the title sequence.
2009Gruffalo, TheThe GruffaloThe OwlTelevision film (children's), voice
2009Englishman in New York, AnAn Englishman in New YorkQuentin Crisptelevision film
Berlin International Film FestivalTeddy Award
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2010Whistle and I'll Come to YouJames Parkintelevision film
2010Human PlanetNarratorDocumentary
2011Harry's Arctic HeroesNarratorDocumentary
2011Planet DinosaurNarratorDocumentary
2011Gruffalo's Child, TheThe Gruffalo's Child[44]The OwlTelevision film (children's), voice
2012LabyrinthAudric BaillardTV miniseries
2012Hollow Crown: Henry V, TheThe Hollow Crown: Henry VThe ChorusTelevision film
2012Playhouse PresentsThe MinistryVoice; one episode
2013Doctor WhoThe DoctorEpisodes "The Name of the Doctor", "The Night of the Doctor", and "The Day of the Doctor"
2014The StrainProfessor Abraham SetrakianUnaired pilot episode only; replaced by David Bradley in series.
2014Muriel & FloydHit Cat - Muriel's FatherVoice

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