Chesterfield-born actor Sir John Hurt diagnosed with cancer

Sir John Hurt.
Sir John Hurt.

Veteran Chesterfield-born actor Sir John Hurt has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 75-year-old star says he will keep working and is “more than optimistic” about his future.

He has enjoyed a successful career with notable roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and a recurring role in the Harry Potter films.

He said: “I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement.

“I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.

“I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell – one of life’s small ironies! – for BBC Radio 4.”

The Oscar-nominated British actor was awarded a knighthood for services to drama in 2014.

Hurt has been busy in recent months, filming The History of Love with Gemma Arterton and Sir Derek Jacobi and the new Tarzan with Samuel L Jackson and Margot Robbie. He also starred in a special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.