Death announced of former Wicklow resident John Hurt


Angela Singleton pictured with Sir John Hurt after losing a round of poker

The death has been announced of former Wicklow resident actor John Hurt.

Sir John spent many years living close to Lough Dan in Roundwood.

Local woman Angela Singleton who worked for Hurt said, “I worked for him for three years and he was an absolute gentleman, he got involved in charity events in the local community and was particularly fond of the Chornobyl charities.

The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, had been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015.

Sir John’s wife said he had brought “joy and magic” and it would be a “strange world without him”.

He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F Kennedy’s wife.

Despite being given the all-clear from cancer, he last year pulled out of Sir Kenneth Branagh’s production of the Entertainer on the advice of his doctors.

Lady Hurt confirmed Sir John had died on Wednesday at his 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,” she said in a statement.

“He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him.”

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