The Naked Civil Servant (film)

The Naked Civil Servant is a 1975 biographical film based on Quentin Crisp's 1968 book of the same name, starring John Hurt and directed by Jack Gold, adapted by Philip Mackie, and produced by Verity Lambert.

The Naked Civil Servant
Directed byJack Gold
Screenplay byPhilip Mackie
Based onThe Naked Civil Servant
StarringJohn Hurt
Patricia Hodge
John Rhys-Davies
Release date
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Originally broadcast on 17 December, the 77-minute television film was produced by Thames Television for the British channel ITV. Crisp is depicted from youth to middle age. For his performance, Hurt won the BAFTA for Best Actor in 1976 and the production also won the 1976 Prix Italia. In 1976, it was shown on US channel WOR-TV and later PBS when Thames Television and WOR-TV exchanged programming for one week.[1]

In 2000, the film was placed fourth in a poll by industry professionals to find the BFI TV 100 of the 20th century, and was the highest ITV production on the list. The film was released on DVD in 2005.

In 2009, Hurt reprised the role of Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York, which covered the latter years of Crisp's life spent in Manhattan.[2]


  1. "Knitting Circle: Quentin Crisp". The Knitting Circle. 3 September 2005. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  2. "Actor Hurt to reprise Crisp role". BBC News. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2010.

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