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Robbie Coltrane: Harry Potter’s ‘Hagrid’ Passes Away Aged 72

Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish-born actor most loved for his performance as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise has died aged 72.

Details of his passing have not been divulged. But his agent says that Coltrane’s family thanked the team at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care.

In a statement, his agent Belinda Wright said: “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.”

Coltrane, whose real name is Anthony Robert, is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell.

In 2006, Coltrane was bestowed with an OBE title for his services to drama and he was awarded the BAFTA Scotland Award for outstanding contribution to film in 2011.

Aside from Harry Potter, he is also remembered for playing psychologist Dr Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald in the crime drama, Cracker. Other credits include Ocean’s Twelve and Brave.

The actor was also seen in Jag Mundra’s Provoked, alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, in which he played a criminal defence lawyer.

He was born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire and attended Glasgow School of Art and Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh.

Earlier this year, he reminisced over his experience of playing Hagrid, at the film’s 20-year reunion show. Coltrane said: “The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children … So you could be watching it in 50 year’s time, easily … I’ll not be here, sadly … but Hagrid will, yes.”

May his soul rest in peace.

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