Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, dies aged 72

Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor who played half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, has died aged 72.

Coltrane’s more-than-40-year profession spanned roles in James Bond movies GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, and the lead in Nineteen Nineties British TV sequence Cracker as prison psychologist Dr Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald.

The actor died on Friday (native time) at a sanatorium close to Falkirk in Scotland, his agent Belinda Wright stated.

Harry Potter big name Daniel Radcliffe stated Coltrane used to be “one of the funniest people I’ve met”. 

“I’ve especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on [Harry Potter film] Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up,” he stated.

coltrane in a blue suit, white shirt on the red carpet with his arm around a young radcliff, in a quit and lavender shirt
Coltrane and a tender Daniel Radcliffe in 2001.(AP: Darla Khazei)

Harry Potter writer JK Rowling stated she would “never meet anyone remotely like Robbie again”.

She tweeted: “He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children.”

Belinda Wright described Coltrane as a “unique talent”.

“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,” she stated.

Robbie Coltrane stars as Hagrid in a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, November 2001.(

Born March 30, 1950 in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Anthony Robert McMillan modified his skilled title as a homage to jazz musician John Coltrane.

He used to be a talented comedian actor and a celebrity of Britain’s Eighties choice comedy growth, taking part in a string of tv roles that incorporated common appearances in The Comic Strip Presents… anthology sequence.

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Robbie Coltrane used to be a celebrity of Britain’s Eighties choice comedy growth.(AP: Jonathan Short)

In 1987, he starred along Emma Thompson in John Byrne’s mini-series Tutti Frutti as doomed lead singer Big Jazza McGlone, in a story of fictional Scots rock ‘n’ roll band The Majestics.

Broadcaster Stephen Fry — a fellow breakout big name of the choice comedy growth — wrote he had met Coltrane nearly precisely 40 years in the past.

coltrane looks into the distance while smoking a cigar as janssen speaks to him, both on plastic folded chairs
Coltrane with Goldeneye co-star Famke Janssen in 1995.(Reuters: Russell Boyce)

“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.”

In crime sequence Cracker, Coltrane confirmed his critical aspect.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated it used to be her favorite of his many portions. 

“Robbie Coltrane, Scottish entertainment legend — you will be hugely missed,” she tweeted. 

He is survived by way of his sister Annie Rae, his kids Spencer and Alice, and their mom, Rhona Gemmell, his agent stated.

She didn’t straight away be offering different information about his demise. 


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