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Actor Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter’s Hagrid, passes away at 72

Robbie Coltrane came to fame as a hard-bitten detective in the 1990s series Cracker, for which he won best actor at the British Academy Television Awards three years running.

Robbie ColtraneRobbie Coltrane was at 72. (Photos: REUTERS/David Manning and Warner Bros)

Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who played a crime-solving psychologist on TV series Cracker and the half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 72.

Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright said he died on Friday at a hospital in Scotland. She did not give a cause.

Robbie Coltrane came to fame as a hard-bitten detective in the 1990s series Cracker, for which he won best actor at the British Academy Television Awards three years running.

He played gentle half-giant Hagrid, a mentor to the boy wizard Harry Potter, in all eight Harry Potter films, released between 2001 and 2011.

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Other roles include a Russian crime boss in the James Bond thrillers Golden Eye and The World is Not Enough.

Robbie Coltrane gained rave reviews for playing a beloved TV star who may harbor a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries National Treasure.

Belinda Wright said that “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.”

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Wright said Robbie Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and his children Spencer and Alice.

First published on: 14-10-2022 at 22:59 IST
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