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Born in 1940 to Arnold Herbert (an Anglican vicar) and Phyllis Maseey (an engineer and amateur actor), JOHN HURT (Trevor "Broom” Buttenholm) attended schools in Kent and Lincoln. He was a stagehand with the Lincoln Repertory and studied art at St. Martin's School, London, before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Hurt has become one of Britain's best-known, most critically acclaimed and most versatile actors. He made his West End debut in 1962 and went on to take the Critics' Award for Most Promising Actor in Harold Pinter's The Dwarfs. For the stage, he has also appeared in Pinter's The Caretaker; Seán O'Casey's The Shadow of a Gunman; Tom Stoppard's Travesties; and Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country. The year 2000 saw his greatly acclaimed performance in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape on London's West End.

Hurt's impressive body of television work commenced in 1961 and has included such notable roles as Caligula in I, Claudius, Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment and, most memorably, Quentin Crisp in the autobiographical The Naked Civil Servant, for which he received a Best Actor Emmy Award and a BAFTA Best Television Actor Award, and which led Crisp to opine that "John Hurt is my representative here on Earth.”

It was his defining film roles as Max in Midnight Express (1978) and John Merrick in The Elephant Man (1980) that thrust him into the international spotlight with Oscar® nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively. His other film work includes a trio of roles in 1984 which rewarded him with the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for that year for: The Hit and Champions. His many films include A Man for All Seasons, The Field, Scandal, Rob Roy and John Boorman's Two Nudes Bathing, the latter for which he received a CableAce Award in 1995, and an acclaimed performance in Richard Kwietniowski's Love and Death on Long Island. Hurt was seen as Dr. Iannis in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, directed by John Madden.

Hurt filmed Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, directed by Atom Egoyan in 1999, and Tabloid, directed by David Blair in 2000. In 2001, Hurt filmed Miranda, directed by Marc Munden, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, directed by Chris Columbus and Owning Mahowny, directed by Richard Kwietniowski.

In 2002, Hurt won the Variety Club Award for Outstanding Performance in a Stage Play, alongside Penelope Wilton for their performance in Brian Friel's Afterplay. This was followed by the film Hellboy, directed by Guillermo del Toro, and The Alan Clark Diaries for the BBC.

In 2004, Hurt shot The Skeleton Key, directed by Iain Softley, Shooting Dogs, directed by Michael Caton-Jones for BBC Films, and The Proposition, directed by John Hillcoat. He was also awarded a C.B.E.

In 2005, Hurt filmed V for Vendetta for Warner Bros.; appeared in Heroes, by Gerald Sibleyras, adapted by Tom Stoppard, at Wyndham's Theatre, which was directed by Thea Sharrock; and won the 2006 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. That year, he filmed Boxes, written and directed by Jane Birkin, and Outlander.

In 2007, Hurt filmed The Oxford Murders, directed by Álex de la Iglesia; Lesson 21 directed by Alessandro Baricco; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, for Steven Spielberg (to be released May 2008); and Recount, directed by Jay Roach, in which he played former Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Hurt has recently completed a new project with Jim Jarmusch, and is currently in preparation for 44 Inch Chest, written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto (Sexy Best) and to be directed by Malcolm Venville.


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