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Sir John Hurt (1940-), 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 recently 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).

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Sir John Hurt

by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1967
NPG P512(11)


Sir John Hurt

by Stuart Pearson Wright
oil on gesso on oak panel, 2000
NPG 6541


Sir John Hurt

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1967
NPG x125194


Sir John Hurt

by John Swannell
bromide print on card mount, 1977
NPG x34563


Sir John Hurt

by Clay Perry
C-type colour print, 1980
NPG x137411


Sir John Hurt

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 1984
NPG x27941


Sir John Hurt

by Alastair Thain
resin print, 1986
NPG x26022


Sir John Hurt

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1990
NPG x87598


Sir John Hurt

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 5 March 1980
On display in Room 37A at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1887