“I remember watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my children when they were young and I’m delighted that it continues to appeal to each successive generation. I enjoy working vocally and have voiced many animated characters. Sailor John was something of a departure from what I usually do and a lot of fun to play.”
―John Hurt referring to his role

Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE (22 January 1940 - 25 January 2017) was an English actor, who was partially known for portraying wand-maker Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter film series, the War Doctor from the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who and the title character of Jim Henson's The StoryTeller. Among other honours, he received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award and four BAFTA Awards, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement recognition.

In 2015, he was one of the special guest stars in the special Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.

Hurt passed away on January 25, 2017, following a year and a half long fight with pancreatic cancer.