New Year Honours: John Hurt receives a knighthood

Derbyshire-born actor John Hurt is to receive a knighthood in recognition of his work in more than 150 films, according to national newspaper reports.

John, who is patron of Derby’s Quad arts centre, has played a wide range of roles from Harry Potter’s wandmaker Mr Ollivander to gay civil servant Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, and John Merrick in The Elephant Man, which involved spending up to 12 hours a day in the make-up department.

He has won two Oscars, a Golden Globe and four Baftas, but often downplays his talent, saying he is ‘just a character actor really’.

In 2002, he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Derby.

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