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Norfolk actor John Hurt becomes a 'Sir'

John Hurt speaking to ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson at his home near Cromer Credit: ITV News Anglia

John Hurt, one of the grand figures of TV and film, who now lives near Cromer in Norfolk, has been awarded a Knighthood for his services to drama.

His distinguishing career has taken hime through a series of mesmerising performances from the groundbreaking TV portrayal of Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, through his title role in The Elephant Man to his brief incarnation as The Doctor last year in BBC One's Doctor Who.

Few viewers would ever forget the heart-stopping moment Sir John met his end in Alien, or his role as Winston Smith in 1984.

Hurt who is now 74-years old is probably just as well known now to a younger audience for his role as Mr Ollivander, the wand maker, in the Harry Potter films.

"I am thrilled, I'm really thrilled. I didn't expect it, it came out of the blue, I didn't do anything to make it happen, I got this letter asking if I would mind may name being put forward and I said yes I'd be delighted to have my name put forward."

– John Hurt, Actor

The 74-year-old, the son of a clergyman, developed an interest in acting at school but was discouraged by his parents and headteacher, and instead went to art college with an eye to becoming a teacher.

However, he went on to land a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) 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 Richard Attenborough), and as Caligula in the celebrated BBC drama I, Claudius.

Your county-by-county guide to the New Year Honours in the Anglia region

The Queen has granted New Year Honours to dozens of people in the Anglia region. Credit: PA Wire

Dozens of people across the Anglia region have been given honours in the 2014 New Year Honours list.

Here is the full county-by-county list:

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