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John Hurt

TV: The Naked Civil Servant + An Englishman in New York

An iconic performance from Hurt as the flamboyant writer-raconteur-actor Quentin Crisp.

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The Naked Civil Servant

Wednesday Special. Thames TV 1975
Dir Jack Gold
With John Hurt, Patricia Hodge, Liz Gebhardt, Stanley Lebor

In his astonishing BAFTA-winning portrayal of Quentin Crisp, Hurt displayed profound dignity and humanity as a man struggling for acceptance. Challenging attitudes at the time, the film provided Hurt with one of his most celebrated roles and took his career to a whole new level.

An Englishman in New York

ITV-Leopard Films 2009
Dir Richard Laxton
With John Hurt, Denis O’Hare, Jonathan Tucker, Swoosie Kurtz

Some 30 years later, and having become largely synonymous with the real Quentin Crisp, Hurt was persuaded to revisit the role – this time focussing on the period of Crisp’s life when, buoyed by his celebrity status, he emigrated to New York aged 70. Hurt now perfectly embodied the wistful but still potent reflections of this great gay icon in his later years.


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