John Hurt
Biographical information

John Vincent Hurt

Birth date

22 January 1940

Birth place

Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England, UK

Death date

27 January 2017 (aged 77)







Marital status

Annette Robertson (1962-1964) (divorced)
Donna Peacock (1984-1990) (divorced)
Jo Dalton (1990-1996) (divorced) 2 children
Ann Rees Meyers (since March 2005)

His/her attendance in Merlin series
Played role

The Great Dragon

First appearance

The Dragon's Call

Last appearance

The Diamond of the Day

Appearances number

52 (as the narrator), 24 (as Kilgharrah

Serie(s) :

1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Sir John Vincent Hurt CBE was an acclaimed English character actor who provided the voice of Kilgharrah in the BBC series Merlin. He also served as the title narrator for the show as well, for which he was credited for all episodes even when the Great Dragon was absent.

Hurt's career dated back to the 1960s and has included appearances in many iconic films and TV series, including I, Claudius, the first Alien film, Watership Down, 1984, and V for Vendetta. He also played the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who. He played Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and reprised the role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2 and Professor Oxley in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


  • He was the youngest of three brothers.
  • He trained to become a painter.
  • John was 1.75 metres tall.
  • He starred alongside Matt Smith and David Tennant in Day of the Doctor.


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