Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has sadly died
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Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has sadly died at the age of 72, his agent has said.
He was best known for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter.
In a statement, agent Belinda Wright said: "My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday October 14.
"Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of Records’ Award for winning three consecutive Best Actor Baftas for his portrayal of Fitz in Granada TV’s series Cracker in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with Sir Michael Gambon.
“He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role which brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world, prompting a stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years.
"James Bond fans write too to applaud his role in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
"For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client.
"As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him.
"He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell.
"They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.
"Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time."
As expected, tributes have been pouring in, with Stephen Fry writing: "I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago.
"I was awe/terror/love struck all at the same time. Such depth, power & talent: funny enough to cause helpless hiccups & honking as we made our first TV show, 'Alfresco'.
"Farewell, old fellow. You’ll be so dreadfully missed."
Stig Abell added: "I remember the first time I saw Robbie Coltrane in Cracker.
"You couldn’t take your eyes off him. He was a proper actor who knew how to do loveable as well as complex. How sad it is he has died."
One other fan wrote: "Thank you Robbie Coltrane for leaving us with Hagrid forever, you were a treasure.
Another added: "RIP Robbie Coltrane – you perfectly encompassed the friendly giant we all needed."
Someone else said: "Robbie Coltrane nailed the character of Hagrid, I always read the character from the book in his voice. Ahh I’m gonna miss him bro."
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