Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has died

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has died

ACTOR Robbie Coltrane, who played Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, has died aged 72.

In a statement, the actor’s agent Belinda Wright confirmed that Coltrane died while receiving treatment at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Falkirk, Scotland.

Wright described Coltrane as a “unique actor” and his character as Hagrid had “brought joy to children and adults around the world”.
“For me personally, the deceased was a loyal client. The deceased was also an amazing actor, intelligent and good at witty humor.

“After more than 40 years as his agent, I will miss him very much,” he said.

Coltrane is survived by two children, Spencer and Alice, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and younger sister Annie Rae.

Besides Harry Potter, Coltrane has appeared in the ITV detective story drama Cracker and in the James Bond films, Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough.

The deceased received an OBE award in 2006 as well as a Scottish Bafta Award in 2011 for his contribution to the arts.

Among those who expressed their condolences was the star of Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe who described Coltrane as the funniest person he had ever met.

“The late always made us laugh on set.

“My fondest memory with him is when we were making our portrayal of Prisioner of Azkaban.

“That time we had to take shelter in his house due to heavy rain and he always made us laugh with his funny stories to lift our spirits.

“I feel very lucky to be able to work with him,” he said in a statement.

Actress Emma Watson said in the latest update on her Instagram account, “there is no better Hagrid” and she is “so happy to be Hermoine” with him.

“I will really miss his kindness and laughter,” he said.

Also expressing his condolences was the author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling who described Coltrane as “a very extraordinary actor”.

Robbie Coltrane, or his real name, Anthony Robert McMillan, was born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire in 1950.

Coltrane was the son of teacher and pianist Jean Ross and GP Ian Baxter McMillan and received his education at Glenalmond College in Perth and Kinross.

The late began his career as an actor in 1979 in the TV series, Play for Today and became popular in the BBC comedy TV series, A Kick Up the Eighties in the 1980s.

source – Astro Awani


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