Scottish actor and comedian Robbie Coltrane, who gained worldwide praise for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series has passed away at the age of 72.
Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright released a statement confirming the star’s passing on Friday, October 14 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Scotland.
“For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. 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,” Wright said.
“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.
“Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.”
Born March 30, 1950 in Rutherglen, Scotland, Coltrane began his acting career in his early twenties with an appearance in the theatre production of The Slab Boys, at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1978.
His knack for comedy secured him roles in The Comic Strip Presents (1982–2012) series, as well as the comedy sketch, show Alfresco (1983–1984).
In 1984 he also appeared in A Kick Up the Eighties and Laugh??? and I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee.
He made other television appearances on shows such as The Young Ones, Tutti Frutti and as Samuel Johnson in Blackadder the Third.
In 1989 he played the part of Falstaff in Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V and co-starred with Eric Idle in Nuns on the Run in 1990 and in 1991 played the Pope in The Pope Must Die. He also played a would-be private detective obsessed with Humphrey Bogart in the TV film The Bogie Man in 1992.
His most critically acclaimed role on the small screen came as criminal psychologist, Dr Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald, in the British crime drama series Cracker.
The show won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series in 1995 and 1996 and secured Coltrane the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for three consecutive years from 1994 to 1996.
Following his success with Cracker, Coltrane secured roles in the James Bond films GoldenEye in 1995 and The World Is Not Enough in 1999.
However, Coltrane gained worldwide recognition for his portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.
Following the news of his death, actor Daniel Radcliffe who starred alongside Coltrane in the Harry Potter series released a statement reflecting on the “fond memories” he shared with the actor on set.
“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set,” Radcliffe said.
“I’ve especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on 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.
“I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”
Fellow celebrities and fans alike were quick to pay tribute to Coltrane while sharing their treasured memories of the late star.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling described Coltrane as “an incredible talent” while sending her “deepest condolences to his family”.
I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again. 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. pic.twitter.com/tzpln8hD9z
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 14, 2022
English actor and comedian Stephen Fry spoke of Coltrane’s “depth and power”, claiming he will be “so dreadfully missed”.
I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago. 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
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) October 14, 2022
While British actor Hugh Laurie shared a special memory he shared with Coltrane.
I hope it’s OK to spout memories: I used to ride with Robbie Coltrane between Manchester and London in his sort-of-restored MGA. I’d roll him cigarettes while he discoursed on the ways of the world, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or learned so much in my life.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) October 14, 2022
One of the most underrated & iconic scenes in British cinema.
Robbie Coltrane in ‘The Supergrass’
No stunt double. No CGI. Just balls of titanium.
For anyone needing a dose of pure grit, commitment and derring-do THIS is the business… pic.twitter.com/QvY4dHQV9R
— Rae Earl (@RaeEarl) October 15, 2022
The legacy of Robbie Coltrane will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/sTsRZVDwRV
— HBO Max (@hbomax) October 14, 2022
Robbie Coltrane (RIP) will always be Doctor Johnson to me. pic.twitter.com/8QxZmqcMoj
— Phil Quin (@philquin) October 14, 2022
I will miss the random chats about all subjects under the sun.And I’ll never forget in September 2000, Robbie Coltrane came over to a very nervous 14yr old me on my 1st ever day on a movie set and said “Enjoy it, you’ll be great”. Thank you for that x
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) October 14, 2022
Robbie Coltrane’s passing is a tragic loss to the world. He was an exceptional actor whose talent knew no bounds. He was beloved to Bond audiences as Valentin Zukovsky in GOLDENEYE and THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH as well as to millions who saw him in his multitude of roles. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/hrEXPMN8UJ
— James Bond (@007) October 14, 2022
Sad to hear about the loss of Robbie Coltrane. He earned his place in the upper echelon of Bond allies from the very beginning. RIP pic.twitter.com/BNS9vLail3
— Kevin Let Die ???? (@KevBot_007) October 14, 2022
RIP Robbie Coltrane.
The Trinity Explained
From ‘Nuns on the Run’ (1990) pic.twitter.com/g7B84316XU
— Ragged Trousered Philanderer (@RaggedTP) October 15, 2022
Rest in peace Robbie Coltrane.
You will be forever loved, always missed and never forgotten.
Thank you for being Hagrid and giving us so many fantastic characters that will live forever.#RobbieColtrane pic.twitter.com/yQVttpkHom
— All On The Board (@allontheboard) October 14, 2022
Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice, and their mother, Rhona Gemmell.