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John Hurt posthumously nominated for BBC radio honour

Cover Media logo Cover Media 05/01/2018

The late John Hurt has been posthumously nominated for Best Actor at the 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards.

The British actor, who passed away at the age of 77 in January last year (17) after a battle with cancer, received the nod for his portrayal of The Invisible Man in an audio adaptation of British author H.G. Wells' famed science-fiction novel.

The role was one of John's last before his death, as he was forced to pull out of several stage and screen roles, including a part in Terry Gilliam's long-awaited Don Quixote adaptation, due to ill health.

He will compete against Paapa Essiedu, who is nominated for his role in Wide Open Spaces, a drama about agoraphobia, and Nikesh Patel, who received his nod for playing narrator Saleem Sinai in an adaptation of Salman Rushdie's breakthrough 1981 novel Midnight's Children.

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British stars Christine Bottomley (Solitary), Anastasia Hille (Long Day's Journey into Night) Julia McKenzie (John Finnemore's Double Acts: Mercy Dash) are up for the Best Actress award.

Other notable names nominated for prizes include Game of Thrones star Roger Allam, Peaky Blinders' Kate Phillips, The Crown star Amelia Bulmore, and the comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

The winners will be announced on 28 January (18) in a ceremony at BBC Broadcasting House's Radio Theatre in London.

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