Local legend, global star: Chesterfield remembers Sir John Hurt on his birthday

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Today marks the birthday of the late, great Sir John Hurt, a cinematic legend whose illustrious career spanned over six decades.

Born on January 22, 1940, in Chesterfield, Hurt's impact on the world of film and theatre remains indelible.

John Vincent Hurt was born to Phyllis (née Massey; 1907–1975), an engineer and former actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt (1904–1999), a mathematician who later embraced the calling of a Church of England clergyman. Arnold served as the vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Shirebrook, and prior to that, he held the position of vicar at St John's parish in Sunderland, County Durham, until the family's relocation to Derbyshire in 1937.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Sir John Hurt's contributions to the entertainment industry were diverse and profound, earning him accolades and admiration from audiences and peers alike. His career included iconic roles in films such as "Alien," "The Elephant Man," and "V for Vendetta," showcasing his remarkable versatility and acting prowess.

John Hurt, originally from Chesterfield, died aged 77 but had a career that spanned decades before and was known to be people as Ollivander from Harry Potter, the War Doctor from Doctor Who. The BAFTA award-winning actor has also starred in Alien, The Elephant Man and Lord of the Rings.John Hurt, originally from Chesterfield, died aged 77 but had a career that spanned decades before and was known to be people as Ollivander from Harry Potter, the War Doctor from Doctor Who. The BAFTA award-winning actor has also starred in Alien, The Elephant Man and Lord of the Rings.
John Hurt, originally from Chesterfield, died aged 77 but had a career that spanned decades before and was known to be people as Ollivander from Harry Potter, the War Doctor from Doctor Who. The BAFTA award-winning actor has also starred in Alien, The Elephant Man and Lord of the Rings.

Sir John Hurt's brilliance as an actor was not only acknowledged by his adoring fans but also by the esteemed awards and institutions within the entertainment industry. Throughout his illustrious career, Hurt garnered numerous accolades, including prestigious awards that underscored his exceptional talent.

His portrayal of John Merrick in "The Elephant Man" earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, a testament to his ability to immerse himself in complex and transformative roles. In addition to his Oscar nomination, Hurt received three BAFTA Awards, two Evening Standard British Film Awards, and a Golden Globe, further solidifying his status as one of the most celebrated actors of his generation.

On June 16, 2015, Sir John Hurt revealed his diagnosis of early-stage pancreatic cancer. Determined to continue working during treatment, he expressed optimism about a positive outcome. After successful treatment, he announced his cancer's remission on October 12, 2015. He passed away at his home in Cromer, Norfolk, on January 25, 2017.