15 Facts About John Hurt

1. Sir John Hurt is to be honoured at the British Film Institute with a whole season dedicated to his extensive career.

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2. Sir John Hurt will be honoured with a special film and television season at the BFI.

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3. In January 2002, John Hurt received an honorary degree from the University of Derby.

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4. Since 2006, John Hurt had been a patron of Project Harar, a UK-based charity working in Ethiopia for children with facial disfigurements.

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5. In 2004, John Hurt was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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6. On 16 June 2015, John Hurt publicly announced that he had been diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer.

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7. In 2007, John Hurt took part in the BBC genealogical television series Who Do You Think You Are?, which investigated part of his family history.

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8. In March 2005, John Hurt married his fourth wife, advertising film producer Anwen Rees-Meyers.

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9. On 24 January 1990, John Hurt married American production assistant Joan Dalton, whom he had met while filming Scandal.

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10. In September 1984, John Hurt married his old friend, American actress Donna Peacock, at a local Register Office.

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11. In 2013, John Hurt appeared in Doctor Who as a 'forgotten' incarnation of the Doctor, known as the War Doctor.

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12. In a Guardian interview John Hurt states the family lived in a vicarage opposite a cinema but he was not allowed there to see films, as these were "frowned upon".

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13. At the age of eight, John Hurt was sent to the Anglican St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, Kent, where he eventually developed his passion for acting.

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14. When John Hurt was five, his father became the vicar of St Stephen's Church in Woodville, Derbyshire, and remained there until 1952.

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15. Sir John Vincent John Hurt was an English actor whose screen and stage career spanned more than 50 years.

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