Robbie Coltrane: Harry Potter’s Hagrid and Cracker actor has died aged 72 | Ents & Arts News
Harry Potter and Cracker actor Robbie Coltrane has died aged 72, his agent said.
The Scottish-born actor, known for his roles as Hogwarts administrator Hagrid and criminal psychologist Dr Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald in the crime drama Cracker, died on Friday.
In a statement, his agent, Belinda Wright, said: “He will likely be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role that brought joy to the world. children as well as adults around the world, driving a weekly stream of fan letters for over 20 years.”
She described Coltrane, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, as a “great actor” and “legally intelligent”.
Coltrane was recognized as an OBE on the 2006 New Year’s Honors list for his contributions to television series and he was awarded the Bafta Scotland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema in 2011.
His agent did not give details of his death – but said Coltrane’s family thanked the team at Royal Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert for their care.
Stephen Fry, who co-starred with Coltrane in the comedy series Alfresco, said the actor would be “frightfully missed”.
In a tribute on Twitter, he said he met Coltrane nearly 40 years ago and added: “I was terrified/terrified/love came at the same time.
“Depth, power and talent: enough humor to cause helpless hiccups and whistles as we made our first TV show, ‘Alfresco'”.
Coltrane is survived by her sister Annie Rae, children Spencer and Alice, and their mother Rhona Gemmell.