The only thing missing from Chesterfield-born actor John Hurt's CV is an Oscar.
Few actors deserve one more.
Hurt has been pushing boundaries for decades, portraying a wild and wonderful cast of decidedly different characters on Television, stage and screen along the way.
From the out and proud Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, to the damaged dignity of John Merrick in The Elephant Man right through to wand-maker Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter series and the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, Hurt has resolutely failed to be typecast.
But his most famous role remains his most unfortunate. As Kane in Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Alien, Hurt enjoyed the dubious pleasure of having a monster burst its way out of his chest – still one of cinema's most memorable deaths.
Now well past retirement age and on his fourth marriage, Hurt shows no signs of slowing down. Maybe he's waiting for that Oscar...
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