17/07/2015 02:45 BST | Updated 16/07/2016 06:12 BST

Actor John Hurt To Be Knighted By The Queen

Actor Sir John Hurt, famed for his TV, stage and film roles, will be formally awarded a knighthood by the Queen today.

Hurt has been a major force in the world of entertainment for more than 40 years, creating a number of memorable characters in movies like The Elephant Man and The Naked Civil Servant.

He is also an acclaimed stage performer who found new fans with appearances in the Harry Potter films and the popular BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Also being recognised during the Windsor Castle investiture ceremony is Major Laura Nicholson, a Chinook pilot, who will be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

At the time of her actions in Afghanistan in December 2013, the then flight lieutenant with the RAF twice flew her aircraft into firefights to rescue casualties.