Sir John Hurt(1940-2017), Actor
Sitter in 11 portraits
A prolific actor whose career has stretched from Chekov and Pinter on stage, to Hollywood blockbusters on screen. Claimed attention in television productions such as The Naked Civil Servant (1975) and I Claudius (1976), but best known for a series of 'victim-hero' roles in films such as 10 Rillington Place (1971), The Elephant Man (1980, BAFTA Award, 1981) and Champions (1984). Hurt appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and gave a poignant and typically rich vocal performance as the narrator in Lars Van Trier's Dogville (2003). He reprised the role of Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York (2009).
Watch a film clip on the sitter recorded for the Gallery in the Media section below
by Lewis Morley
by Trevor Leighton