Sir John Hurt: British Actor Dies Aged 77

28 January 2017, 11:01

Sir John Hurt red carpet

Star of films including Midnight Express, Alien and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

A two times Academy Awards nominee, winner of a Golden Globe, and four BAFTA Awards, Hurt was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama. 

Mel Brooks, executive producer of Elephant Man, lead tributes to the screen icon via his social media. 

With an incredible career that spanned over six decade, one of Hurt's more recent roles is to be in Oscar nominated 'Jackie'. 

In June 2015, he announced he had been diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer, which then went into remission in the October.

Sir John had been set to star in Kenneth Branagh's production of the 'The Entertainer', however on the advice of doctors decided to pull out of the role.

J.K. Rowling joined fans of Harry Potter in paying honour to the actor. Hurt played the wand shop owner Mr Olivander in the series.

He also featured in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, back in 2013, as the War Doctor.

Tributes are being paid to the star from: fans, friends, and a host of actors - including Richard E. Grant.