John Hurt – RIP

Sir John Hurt CBESir John Hurt, CBE, the actor known for roles including The Elephant Man to Harry Potter, and from Doctor Who to V for Vendetta, has died aged 77.

There are voices across the internet this morning raised in a chorus of RIP as news spreads that BAFTA-winning actor John Hurt has died. We are just one of those voices but mark his passing as by birth he was a Derbyshire boy.

Born in Chesterfield in 1940 his father was a clergyman and the family lived in Shirebrook until Hurt was five, before moving to Woodville. Hurt went away to school in Kent aged eight and moved with his family, aged 12, to Lincolnshire.

Despite a strict upbringing – he wasn’t allowed to visit the cinema near their home or mix with local children – he developed a passion for acting at an early age. He had a prolific career spanning six decades and was renowned for roles across a variety of films including Nineteen Eighty-Four, Alien, Watership Down, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Hellboy.

Hurt was a patron of Derby QUAD alongside Paddy Considine, Jack O’Connell, and John Tams. He had been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015 but later given the all clear. His widow Anwen Rees-Myers confirmed he died at his Norfolk home earlier this week.

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