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From The Elephant Man to The War Doctor: Remembering Legendary BAFTA winning and Oscar Nominee Sir John Hurt CBE

28 January 2017

Legendary British Actor Sir John Vincent Hurt CBE has passed away at the age of 77 at his home in Norfolk. Star of the screen, Hurt will be remember for such performances in Alien, Hellboy, V for Vendetta, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Snowpiercer, the Harry Potter series as Wand Maker Mr. Ollivander and more recently as The War Doctor in Sci-Fi classic Doctor Who and many, many more.

We at The Fan Carpet are devastated by the loss of another legend, and in tribute we have compiled a list of our favourite performances from the Legendary Actor...

Doctor Who (2013)

In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.

John Hurt as The War Doctor.




Merlin (TV Series 2008 - 2012)

The brand new adventures of Merlin, the legendary sorcerer as a young man, when he was just a servant to young prince Arthur on the royal court of Camelot who has soon become his best friend and turned Arthur into a great king and a legend.

John Hurt provide the voice for The Great Dragon.




Labyrinth (TV Mini-Series 2012)

The series follows two women-medieval Alaïs Pelletier du Mas (Jessica Brown Findlay), who lives through the Crusades and Cathar massacres in medieval France, and modern-day Alice Tanner (Vanessa Kirby)-in their quest to find the Holy Grail.[1] Alice, a volunteer at a French archaeological excavation, discovers the skeletal remains of two people in a cave, as well as a labyrinth-engraved ring, which attracts the attention of unscrupulous individuals. In 1209, newly married Alaïs is living in Carcassonne, a stronghold of Cathars who have been declared heretical by the Church. Alaïs and her father are protecting three sacred books that reveal the secret of the Holy Grail from the Crusaders.

John Hurt as Audric Baillard.




Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. Based on the John Le Carré novel of the same name.

John Hurt as Control.




The Harry Potter series (2001 - 2011)

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

John Hurt as Mr. Ollivander.




Melancholia (2011)

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

John Hurt as Dexter.




V for Vendetta (2005)

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

John Hurt as Adam Sutler.




Hellboy (2003)

A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

John Hurt as Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm.




The Elephant Man (1980)

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

John Hurt as John Merrick.




Alien (1979)

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

John Hurt as Kane.




Watership Down (1978)

A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

John Hurt provided the voice of Hazel.



Sir John Hurt is survived by his wife of 12 years Anwen Rees-Myers who confirmed his passing following a battle with pancreatic cancer, saying "John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. He touched all our lives with joy and magic, and it will be a strange world without him."

Hurt will be remembered for his electric career on TV, film and the stage across six decades, which earned him four BAFTAs, a Golden Globe and was nominated twice for Oscars.

He also has two sons with ex-wife Joan Dalton – Alexander and Nick.

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