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John Hurt: Hoffman will be 'greatly missed'

John Hurt paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman's "extraordinary talent". Credit: Press Association

British actor John Hurt, who starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film Owning Mahowny, has said the news of the actor's death had hit him "very hard".

He told the BBC: "He was a great actor, a great member of the film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor. He'll be greatly missed".

Derbyshire actor's tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor John Hurt from Shirebrook in Derbyshire, worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film "Owning Mahowny". He says the news of his death was devastating.

Speaking at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards in central London, John Hurt said:

"It's a devastating loss. His contribution was massive".

– John Hurt, actor


John Hurt in Lincoln to receive Honorary Doctorate of Arts

John Hurt was raised in Lincoln and will return today to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor John Hurt CBE will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at the University of Lincoln today.

He will also appear as part of the university's Great Minds Series, talking about his life and growing up in Lincolnshire.

The actor will join students, staff and guests at Lincoln Cathedral for the graduation ceremony today in recognition of his outstanding contribution to television, film and theatre.

He has a career spanning six decades, appearing in over 100 films including Harry Potter and The Elephant Man.