John Vincent Hurt, CBE, born 22 January 1940 is an English actor. Leading roles as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Mr. Braddock in The Hit. With a distinctive rich voice, he has a successful voice acting career in films such as Watership Down & Merlin. He portrayed the War Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, following brief appearances in previous episodes. He received a CBE in 2004.