Actor John Hurt has said that he is optimistic about his recovery as he continues to receive treatment for pancreatic cancer. 

The two-time Oscar nominee announced his diagnosis in June and said he would keep working while receiving treatment.

In an interview in the new issue of UK entertainment magazine Radio Times, he said: "I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it.

"We're all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly. But my treatment is going terrifically well, so I'm optimistic."

The 75-year-old, a one-time resident of Roundwood, Co Wicklow, was Oscar-nominated for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express. Among his many other screen credits are The Naked Civil Servant, Alien, Heaven's Gate, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hellboy, V for Vendetta, Doctor Who and Merlin.

Recently, he has been filming The History of Love with Gemma Arterton and Derek Jacobi, and Tarzan with Samuel L Jackson and Margot Robbie.