John Hurt ~ Actor Extraordinaire and the Voice of Kilgharrah

So sad to hear that John Hurt passed away yesterday.


Being from the UK originally and also being old enough, I remember the first time I really saw John Hurt was as Caligula in the amazing BBC Production of “I, Claudius”. He was of course quite brilliant playing the insane Caligula with imagination and flair. The Naked Civil Servant is what brought him fame at first and that, followed by I Claudius and then The Elephant Man showed his extraordinary talent. He went on to star in many movies and on stage, always capturing the essence of his character.   “Alien”, “Doctor Who”, Olivander in “Harry Potter”.

When Merlin first started, I was thrilled to recognize him as the voice of Kilgharrah. What a perfect match. His gravelly voice sounded 1000 years old didn’t it? I thought so. Somehow the Dragon even echoed his facial expressions. I loved the character of Kilgharrah and John’s own life was the backbone of the truth and wisdom that came through.

I know I will miss John Hurt. Thank you for making us feel a range of emotions John. Thank you.


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John Hurt ~ Actor Extraordinaire and the Voice of Kilgharrah — 3 Comments

  1. What an extraordinary actor and the best Kilgharrah conceivable, he added so much to the series and was a source of inspiration for the cast and crew! Sorry to hear he has died but more importantly I’m expressing my gratitude for his great contributions to our entertainment.

  2. Truly heartbroken by this news.Sir John was a brilliant actor and will be missed by so many. Absolutely loved him in Merlin as the voice of Kilgarrah and in Harry Potter. May his soul rest in peace.

  3. John was indeed a very special actor and will be missed by all. He has been an inspiration to to actors young and old, who could only dream of having as much talent and versatility. He will be missed This world has lost a great man.

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