Wednesday 21 February 2018

Newly knighted John Hurt tells of cancer battle

British actor John Hurt displays his knighthood awarded by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle
British actor John Hurt displays his knighthood awarded by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

Tony Jones London

British actor John Hurt has told how he is responding well to cancer treatment as he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for a glittering career.

Sir John said he was "feeling good" after completing half a course of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, and has continued to work.

The actor was made a knight by the queen for a distinguished career, including mesmerising performances in the title role in The Elephant Man and the inspiring TV portrayal of Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant.

He has found new fans with parts in the special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who and the Harry Potter series of films.

Speaking at Windsor Castle yesterday, he said: "I'm halfway through my chemotherapy and I've got a whole load of tests next week.

"I'm not feeling any of the side effects you're suppose to feel, or at least you can feel, as everybody's different, I'm told.

"It's extraordinary, I haven't lost weight or anything and I'm feeling good - it's crazy."

Irish Independent

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