June Whitfield and John Hurt honoured at BBC Audio Drama Awards

Sir John Hurt and June Whitfield have been honoured with top awards at a ceremony celebrating audio drama.

Sir John won the outstanding contribution accolade at the BBC’s Audio Drama awards in London on Sunday.

Among the work for which he was recognised was a Radio 4 adaptation of War and Peace and also the station’s version of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.

The annual event, held in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, recognises the cultural significance, range and originality of audio drama.

The awards include drama performed online, as well as on radio. They also give credit to the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work within the field.

On receiving his award, Sir John, said: “I like working in radio drama because one is using what is fast becoming the actors’ forgotten weapon – the voice.”

The 76-year-old is one of Britain’s most venerated actors whose career in film, TV and in radio has spanned more than six decades.

Outside radio, his best-known roles include his Oscar-nominated performances in The Elephant Man and The Midnight Express and as Quentin Crisp in the 1975 ITV drama The Naked Civil Servant.

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