Bafta to honour screen veteran John Hurt

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Screen veteran John Hurt –famous for classic performances in films such as Alien and The Elephant Man – is to be honoured by Bafta for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

The 72-year-old, who featured in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, will be presented with his award at next month’s film Baftas.

He said: “I know that film means a great deal to me but I had no idea that I meant so much to film. I feel very honoured.”

Hurt – who recently starred in BBC1 family drama series Merlin – came to prominence with his award-winning portrayal of Quentin Crisp in TV film The Naked Civil Servant.

He went on to play a huge number of acclaimed roles, including performances in Midnight Express, Nineteen Eighty-Four and A Man For All Seasons.

But possibly his most unforgettable performance was as Kane in Ridley Scott’s Alien where, in a harrowing scene, the creature bursts out of his chest.