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Robbie Coltrane: Harry Potter’s benevolent “giant Hagrid” has died


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His agent Belinda Wright described him as a ‘one-of-a-kind talent’

The Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who played the benevolent giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films has died aged 72.

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In a statement, his agent Belinda Wright described Coltrane as a “one-of-a-kind talent.” “He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role that brought joy to children and adults around the world,” he said.

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Robbie Coltrane, born Anthony Robert Macmillan, took the stage name Coltrane as a tribute to jazz legend John Coltrane.

His career began in 1979 in the television series “Play for Today”, but he rose to fame in “A Kick Up the Eighties”, a BBC television comedy series that also starred Tracey Ullman, Miriam Margoles and Rik Mayall.

He also appeared in the 1983 ITV comedy Alfresco, with Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Siobhan Redmond and Hugh Laurie.

By 1987 he had a leading role in “Tutti Frutti”.

The actor conquered the television screens as forensic psychologist Dr Edward Fitz in the TV drama ‘Cracker’, for which he won three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Actor. His performances in films such as “Nuns On The Run”, “Mona Lisa” and “Ocean’s 12” are also unforgettable.

He also starred in the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World is not Enough.

According to the Daily Mail, Robbie Coltrane was suffering from chronic knee pains that worsened over time.

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