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Hurt’s eldest brother died at birth

The Lord Of The Rings veteran has an older brother, Michael, who is now a monk based in Ireland, as well as an adopted sister, Monica.

But Hurt has been shielding a tragic family secret – he would have had another sibling, but his brother died during a home birth.

And as a result the star’s parents made sure Hurt’s mother was admitted to a nearby nursing home when he was welcomed into the world.

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He tells Britain’s The One Show, “(I was born) at a nursing home… What would have been my older brother died at child birth from not particularly pleasant incidents at being born at birth at home. So they chose to put me in a nursing home.”

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