Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77

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BAFTA winning actor, Sir John Hurt, has sadly passed away at the age of 77, his agent has confirmed.

Best known for his roles in Alien, The Elephant Man and the Harry Potter series, the actor continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

He was given the all-clear in October 2015 but last year pulled out of Kenneth Branagh’s The Entertainer due to ill health.

One of Britain’s best known and most versatile actors, Hurt has enjoyed a rich career in film and television, with roles in 10 Rillington Place, Midnight Express, Nineteen Eighty Four, Hellboy, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Doctor Who, Only Lovers Left Alive and most recently, Jackie. 

The actor also lent his wise and gravelly voice to a number of other projects including Watership Down, The Gruffalo and Merlin.

Hurt is survived by his wife Arwen and his two children.

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