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Huge loss to acting: Northern Ireland tributes to Sir John Hurt

File photo dated 8/6/1984 of Richard Burton (right) with co-stars John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton on the set of the film, 1984. Photo credit: PA Wire
File photo dated 8/6/1984 of Richard Burton (right) with co-stars John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton on the set of the film, 1984. Photo credit: PA Wire
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated handout photo issued by the BBC of The Doctors Matt Smith (left), David Tennant (centre) and John Hurt (right)) during the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who - Day of the Doctor, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Adrian Rogers/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
FILE - JANUARY 28: British actor John Vincent Hurt dies on January 27, 2017. LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Actor John Hurt poses in the press room with the Oustanding British Contribution award during the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at the Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 28: British actor John Vincent Hurt dies on January 27, 2017. ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 08: Actor John Hurt attends 'Snowpiercer' Premiere during The 8th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 8, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 28: British actor John Vincent Hurt dies on January 27, 2017. ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 09: John Hurt appears On The Red Carpet during The 8th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 9, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 28: British actor John Vincent Hurt dies on January 27, 2017. WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 17: British actor Sir John Hurt poses after being awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on July 17, 2015 in London, England (Photo by Steve Parsons/WPA pool/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 28: British actor John Vincent Hurt dies on January 27, 2017. LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: John Hurt attends a photocall for "Hercules" at Trafalgar Square on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
File- This Sept. 6, 2011, file photo shows British actor John Hurt posing for portraits at the Venice Film Festival Movie Star Lounge after interviews for the film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," during the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in ÄúThe Elephant Man,Äù terrify them in ÄúAlien,Äù and spoof that very same scene in ÄúSpaceballs,Äù has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
File - This Feb. 12, 2012, file photo shows actor Sir John Hurt posing with his award for "Outstanding Contribution to Cinema" backstage at the BAFTA Film Awards 2012, at The Royal Opera House in London. The great and versatile actor Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in ÄúThe Elephant Man,Äù terrify them in ÄúAlien,Äù and spoof that very same scene in ÄúSpaceballs,Äù has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
File - This Oct. 6, 2015, file photo shows John Hurt posing for photographers upon arrival at the BFI Luminous Gala Dinner in London. The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in ÄúThe Elephant Man,Äù terrify them in ÄúAlien,Äù and spoof that very same scene in ÄúSpaceballs,Äù has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
File - This March 17, 1981, file photo shows actor John Hurt, nominated for an Academy Award, sitting with actresses Catherine Hicks, at a cocktail party in Los Angeles. Hurt was nominated for best actor for his role in "The Elephant Man." The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in ÄúThe Elephant Man,Äù terrify them in ÄúAlien,Äù and spoof that very same scene in ÄúSpaceballs,Äù has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Ut, File)
File - This Sep. 13, 2011, shows British actor and cast member John Hurt arriving for the UK film premiere of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" at the BFI Southbank in London. The great and versatile actor Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in ÄúThe Elephant Man,Äù terrify them in ÄúAlien,Äù and spoof that very same scene in ÄúSpaceballs,Äù has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2016 shows British actor John Hurt posing on arrival for the premiere of the film 'The Revenant' in London. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 27, 2015 shows British actor John Hurt giving a speech during a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 09, 2014 shows British actor John Hurt posing for pictures as he arrives for the BFI London Film Festival's premiere of 'The Imitation Game' at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Leon NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 18, 2014 shows English actor John Hurt arriving for the gala screening of 20,000 Days on Earth in central London. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Carl COURTCARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images
CORRECTS ACTRESS' NAME TO VERONICA CARTWRIGHT File - This March 17, 1981, file photo shows actor John Hurt, nominated for an Academy Award, sitting with actress Veronica Cartwright, at a cocktail party in Los Angeles. Hurt was nominated for best actor for his role in "The Elephant Man." The great and versatile actor Sir John Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in ÄúThe Elephant Man,Äù terrify them in ÄúAlien,Äù and spoof that very same scene in ÄúSpaceballs,Äù has died at age 77. Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in London according to his agent Charles McDonald. (AP Photo/Ut, File)
File photo dated 17/07/15 of Sir John Hurt being made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/07/15 of Sir John Hurt after being awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
File photo dated 07/10/15 of Sir John Hurt arriving for the Suffragette Premiere held during the 59th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Cinema at Leicester Square, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 14/01/16 of Sir John Hurt and wife Anwen Rees-Myers attending The Revenant premiere, held at Empire Leicester Square, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
File photo dated 09/07/16 of Sir John Hurt with his wife Anwen on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
File photo dated 03/06/15 of Sir John Hurt attending the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition preview party at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/11/13 of the Countess of Wessex meeting Sir John Hurt during a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Eddie Mulholland/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/10/13 of the Duchess of Cornwall meeting Sir John Hurt during a reception ahead of the Man Booker Prize award ceremony at the Guildhall, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/02/12 of Sir John Hurt with the Oustanding Contribution to Cinema award at the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 01/03/84 of the Queen Mother and Lord Grade (right background) meeting John Hurt (left) and Jan Francis (second left) during the Premiere of Champion at Leicester Square, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/02/12 of Sir John Hurt with the Oustanding Contribution to Cinema award at the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/07/15 of Sir John Hurt with his wife Anwen after being awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
File photo dated 9/12/2004 of John Hurt as he holds his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) with his fiancee Ann Rees Meyers, and sons Nicholas aged 11, and Alexander aged 14, after it was presented to him by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
File photo dated 28/2/2006 of actor Sir John Hurt in front of a picture of Nobel Prize-winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett at the launch of the Beckett Centenary Festival, Dublin, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/11/2002 of actor John Hurt arriving for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/01/2002 of Sir John Hurt showing his delight after receiving an honorary degree from Derby University as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 13/9/2002 of actors John Hurt and Penelope Wilton during a photocall for their play 'Afterplay' at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 03/02/1981 of John Hurt with his Variety Club award at the Savoy Hotel in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 24/01/1990 of John Hurt and Jo Dalton after their wedding at the Westminster Registry Office in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 11/09/68 of John Hurt and Julie Christie speeding over the Lake of Geneva in Switzerland where they were making the film In Search of Gregory, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only BBC undated handout file photo of John Hurt (left) with Quentin Crisp who he played in The Naked Civil Servant. as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
File photo dated 28/01/1971 of John Hurt (left) and Richard Attenborough, as the veteran actor Sir Hurt has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 08/06/1984 of John Hurt, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 05/03/1999 of Actor John Hurt holding his Dilys Powell award for outstanding achievement, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Michael Stephens/PA Wire
File photo dated 19/2/2001 of John Hurt (left) with Irish actor Richard Harris at the Empire Film Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Michael Crabtree/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/09/2014 of John Hurt and his wife Anwen Rees-Myers, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 09/07/16 of Sir John Hurt with his wife Anwen (front right)on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 2011 shows British actor John Hurt attending a press conference at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Anne-Christine POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 08, 2013 shows British actor John Hurt during the opening ceremony of the 8th Rome International Film Festival in Rome. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 05, 2011 shows British actor John Hurt (R) and his wife Anwen Rees Meyers arriving at the 68th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 1978 shows (from L to R) British actor John Hurt, American actor Brad Davis and American writer Billy Hayes posing for the film "Midnight Express" at the 31th Cannes Film Festival. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / RALPH GATTIRALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 12, 2012 shows British actor John Hurt posing with his award for outstanding British contribution at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Leon NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 2011 shows British actor John Hurt posing during the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOTFRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 17, 2015 shows Sir John Hurt posing with his wife Anwen after being awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle . Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEVE PARSONSSTEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Tributes have been paid to Sir John Hurt following his death from pancreatic cancer.

Sir John (77) was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films.

The actor was nominated for two Academy Awards, for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, and won four Bafta Awards, including a lifetime achievement accolade in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British cinema in 2012.

He is also to star in the forthcoming film The Journey based on the friendship between Martin McGuinness and the late Ian Paisley.

More: Paisley and McGuinness: The Movie is not coming to cinema near you any time soon

Author and the film's screenwriter, Colin Bateman described him as a "gentleman".

"Sad to learn that John Hurt has passed away," he wrote on Facebook.

"He was such a gentleman on The Journey."

Coronation Street actor Charlie Lawson described his passing as a "huge loss to the profession". He said he first met the legend in the mid-80s in London's famour Kismet Club.

"Great guy RIP," he added.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated handout photo issued by the BBC of The Doctors Matt Smith (left), David Tennant (centre) and John Hurt (right)) during the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who - Day of the Doctor, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Adrian Rogers/BBC/PA Wire
NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated handout photo issued by the BBC of The Doctors Matt Smith (left), David Tennant (centre) and John Hurt (right)) during the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who - Day of the Doctor, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Adrian Rogers/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 17, 2015 shows Sir John Hurt posing with his wife Anwen after being awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle . Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEVE PARSONSSTEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 2011 shows British actor John Hurt posing during the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOTFRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 1978 shows (from L to R) British actor John Hurt, American actor Brad Davis and American writer Billy Hayes posing for the film "Midnight Express" at the 31th Cannes Film Festival. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / RALPH GATTIRALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 05, 2011 shows British actor John Hurt (R) and his wife Anwen Rees Meyers arriving at the 68th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 05/03/1999 of Actor John Hurt holding his Dilys Powell award for outstanding achievement, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Michael Stephens/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/06/1984 of John Hurt, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 28/01/1971 of John Hurt (left) and Richard Attenborough, as the veteran actor Sir Hurt has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only BBC undated handout file photo of John Hurt (left) with Quentin Crisp who he played in The Naked Civil Servant. as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
File photo dated 03/02/1981 of John Hurt with his Variety Club award at the Savoy Hotel in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 8/6/1984 of Richard Burton (right) with co-stars John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton on the set of the film, 1984. Photo credit: PA Wire
File photo dated 25/11/2002 of actor John Hurt arriving for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire

Belfast actor Ian Beattie, who also worked alongside Sir John on The Journey added his tribute: "Working with John Hurt was one of the highlights of my career.

"He was an incredible actor and a lovely man. Safe journey."

Sir John's widow said it will be a "strange world" without the veteran actor following his death at the age of 77.

Anwen Hurt said that the Oscar-nominated star died at his home in Norfolk on Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

In a statement to the Press Association, she said: "It is with deep sadness that I have to confirm that my husband, John Vincent Hurt, died on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at home in Norfolk.

"John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him."

Author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, tweeted of Sir John: "So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Childline founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen hailed Sir John, who was a fundraiser for the children's charity, saying he had an "extraordinary career".

Dame Esther said she approached him after a London theatre performance, some 30 to 40 years after first meeting him when he was a young actor, and he "immediately agreed" to help the organisation.

She said: "He understood it was a unique way for children to seek help.

"There was something in his own past which made him connect with vulnerable children - I believe it happened when he was in school.

"From then on he never turned us down, he spoke at events for us, telling stories of some of the children we had helped, and took part in carol services for us.

"Because he was such a great artist, I remember writing for him and he gave it so much more strength because of the way he told it.

"He will be a great loss to the children in this country."

Sir John told the Press Association of his diagnosis in June 2015.

File photo dated 28/2/2006 of actor Sir John Hurt in front of a picture of Nobel Prize-winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett at the launch of the Beckett Centenary Festival, Dublin, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
File photo dated 28/2/2006 of actor Sir John Hurt in front of a picture of Nobel Prize-winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett at the launch of the Beckett Centenary Festival, Dublin, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 12, 2012 shows British actor John Hurt posing with his award for outstanding British contribution at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Leon NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 1978 shows (from L to R) British actor John Hurt, American actor Brad Davis and American writer Billy Hayes posing for the film "Midnight Express" at the 31th Cannes Film Festival. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / RALPH GATTIRALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 05, 2011 shows British actor John Hurt (R) and his wife Anwen Rees Meyers arriving at the 68th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 08, 2013 shows British actor John Hurt during the opening ceremony of the 8th Rome International Film Festival in Rome. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 18, 2011 shows British actor John Hurt attending a press conference at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Hurt, known for his roles in "Elephant Man" and "Harry Potter", has died aged 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports said on January 28, 2017 citing his agent. / AFP PHOTO / Anne-Christine POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 09/07/16 of Sir John Hurt with his wife Anwen (front right)on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/09/2014 of John Hurt and his wife Anwen Rees-Myers, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 19/2/2001 of John Hurt (left) with Irish actor Richard Harris at the Empire Film Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Michael Crabtree/PA Wire
File photo dated 05/03/1999 of Actor John Hurt holding his Dilys Powell award for outstanding achievement, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Michael Stephens/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/06/1984 of John Hurt, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 28/01/1971 of John Hurt (left) and Richard Attenborough, as the veteran actor Sir Hurt has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only BBC undated handout file photo of John Hurt (left) with Quentin Crisp who he played in The Naked Civil Servant. as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
File photo dated 11/09/68 of John Hurt and Julie Christie speeding over the Lake of Geneva in Switzerland where they were making the film In Search of Gregory, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 24/01/1990 of John Hurt and Jo Dalton after their wedding at the Westminster Registry Office in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 03/02/1981 of John Hurt with his Variety Club award at the Savoy Hotel in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 8/6/1984 of Richard Burton (right) with co-stars John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton on the set of the film, 1984. Photo credit: PA Wire
File photo dated 13/9/2002 of actors John Hurt and Penelope Wilton during a photocall for their play 'Afterplay' at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/01/2002 of Sir John Hurt showing his delight after receiving an honorary degree from Derby University as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/11/2002 of actor John Hurt arriving for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy in London, as the veteran actor has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 28, 2017. The Oscar-nominated star was well known for roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and wand merchant Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. See PA story DEATH Hurt. Photo credit should read: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire

He said: ''I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement.

''I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.

''I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (one of life's small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4.''

He later told the Radio Times: "I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it.

"We're all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly. But my treatment is going terrifically well, so I'm optimistic."

Sir John enjoyed a big hit with sci-fi horror Alien in 1979 and his character Kane's final scene, in which the xenomorph creature bursts from his chest, has been frequently named as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.

He recently found new fans when he starred as a "forgotten" incarnation of the Doctor, known as the War Doctor, in Doctor Who.

He was knighted by the Queen for services to drama at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2015.

Earlier this year Sir John pulled out of a production of John Osborne's play The Entertainer on medical advice, as he recovered from an intestinal complaint.

He had been due to play Billy Rice in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production, directed by Rob Ashford.

However, he continued to work at a prodigious rate, starring in Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, thriller Damascus Cover and the upcoming biopic of boxer Lenny McLean, My Name Is Lenny.

He was also filming Darkest Hour, in which he starred as Neville Chamberlain opposite Gary Oldman's Winston Churchill.

The film focuses on Churchill's charge against Adolf Hitler's army in the early days of the Second World War and is due to be released on December 29.

Sir John, who played Caligula in the celebrated BBC drama I, Claudius, also racked up film hits in V For Vendetta, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, John le Carre adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (again alongside Oldman) and Hercules.

Other celebrated roles included his performance as Stephen Ward - a key figure in the Profumo affair - in Scandal and a reprisal of his role as Crisp in An Englishman In New York in 2009, 34 years after his original portrayal of the flamboyant figure.

Sir John's distinctive voice has been used several times as narrator, and accompanied a chilling Aids awareness advertising campaign in the 1980s. He also voiced the roles of Hazel in Watership Down, and Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings.

Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Sir John went to art college before he studied at Rada (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and picked up TV and film roles until he had his major breakthrough, appearing in A Man For All Seasons as Richard Rich.

Sir John achieved further prominence in the film 10 Rillington Place as Timothy Evans, who was wrongly executed for the crimes of serial killer John Christie, played by Sir Richard Attenborough.

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