Harry Potter actor dies aged 72

Coltrane appeared in two James Bond movies – Goldeneye and The World Is Not Sufficient

Actor Robbie Coltrane, who performed Hagrid within the Harry Potter movies, has died aged 72.

He additionally appeared in ITV detective drama Cracker and the James Bond movies Goldeneye and The World Is Not Sufficient.

In an announcement, his agent Belinda Wright confirmed the actor died in hospital close to Falkirk in Scotland.

She described Coltrane as a “distinctive expertise”, including his function as Hagrid “introduced pleasure to kids and adults alike everywhere in the world”.

“For me personally I shall bear in mind him as an abidingly loyal consumer. In addition to being an exquisite actor, he was forensically clever, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be referred to as his agent, I shall miss him.

“He’s survived by his sister Annie Rae, his kids Spencer and Alice and their mom Rhona Gemmell. They wish to thank the medical workers at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for his or her care and diplomacy.

“Please respect Robbie’s household’s privateness at this distressing time.”

Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane was well-known for enjoying Hagrid within the Harry Potter movies

Coltrane was made an OBE within the 2006 New 12 months’s honours listing for his providers to drama and he was awarded the Bafta Scotland Award for excellent contribution to movie in 2011.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute to Coltrane in an announcement, saying: “Robbie was one of many funniest individuals I’ve met and used to maintain us laughing always as children on that set.

“I’ve particularly fond reminiscences of him maintaining our spirits up on Prisoner of Azkaban, once we have been all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling tales and cracking jokes to maintain morale up.

“I really feel extremely fortunate that I acquired to fulfill and work with him and really unhappy that he is handed. He was an unbelievable actor and a beautiful man.”

Fellow Harry Potter star Emma Watson stated: “Robbie, if I ever get to be so type as you have been to me on a movie set I promise I am going to do it in your identify and reminiscence.”

She paid tribute to Coltrane on Instagram saying there was “no higher Hagrid” and he “made it a pleasure to be Hermione”.

“I am going to actually miss your sweetness, your nicknames, your heat, your laughs and your hugs.”

Writing on Twitter, Harry Potter creator JK Rowling described Coltrane as an “unbelievable expertise” and “an entire one-off”.

Actor Stephen Fry, who appeared alongside Coltrane in Alfresco, tweeted: “Such depth, energy and expertise: humorous sufficient to trigger helpless hiccups and honking as we made our first TV present Alfresco. Farewell, outdated fellow, you will be so dreadfully missed.”

Fellow Alfesco actor Hugh Laurie, who additionally starred alongside Coltrane in Blackadder, recalled their time spent sharing automobile rides between Manchester and London. “I do not suppose I’ve ever laughed or discovered a lot in my life”, he tweeted.

And Blackadder star Tony Robinson described Coltrane as “such a candy man… so gifted as a comic book and as a straight actor”. Posting on Twitter about his favorite episode from the interval sitcom, he stated: “It was all right down to you mate.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described Coltrane’s demise as “very unhappy information”.

“He had such vary and depth as an actor, from sensible comedy to hard-edged drama. I feel my favorite of all his roles was Fitz in Cracker,” she stated. “Robbie Coltrane, Scottish leisure legend – you can be vastly missed. RIP.”

The official James Bond Twitter account referred to as him an “distinctive actor whose expertise knew no bounds”.

Broadcaster Richard Coles added: “Very sorry to listen to Robbie Coltrane has died. We shared a dressing room as soon as and he had the largest pants I’ve ever seen, which he wore with large aptitude. We have been associates from then on.”

The Scottish star, whose actual identify is Anthony Robert McMillan, was born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, in 1950.

Coltrane was the son of instructor and pianist Jean Ross and GP Ian Baxter McMillan, and was educated at impartial college Glenalmond Faculty in Perth and Kinross.

The actor’s profession started in 1979 within the TV collection Play for Immediately, however he got here to prominence in A Kick Up the Eighties, a BBC TV comedy collection which additionally starred Tracey Ullman, Miriam Margolyes and Rik Mayall.

He additionally appeared within the 1983 ITV comedy Alfresco, with Fry, Emma Thompson, Siobhan Redmond and Hugh Laurie.

By 1987 he had a number one function in Tutti Frutti, about Scottish rock and roll band The Majestics, which additionally starred Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson. The yr earlier than he was in British crime movie Mona Lisa, starring Bob Hoskins.

Coltrane gained additional fame starring as prison psychologist Dr Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald within the ITV collection Cracker from 1993 to 1995 and in a particular return episode in 2006.

The function secured him the Bafta award for finest actor for 3 consecutive years from 1994 to 1996.

Arguably his best-known function got here within the Harry Potter movie collection as he starred in all eight films as Rubeus Hagrid alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

In 2016, he starred in Bafta-winning Channel 4 drama Nationwide Treasure, with Dame Julie Walters, a few comedian and TV host accused of sexual abuse of ladies.

Late final yr he appeared within the Harry Potter reunion TV particular, which reunited the forged, though JK Rowling was absent and featured solely in archive video clips.

Coltrane appeared alongside Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, together with Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman and Ralph Fiennes.

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