Robbie Coltrane has died aged 72

Robbie Coltrane, known for playing the gentle giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died in a hospital in Scotland. 

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Coltrane, a British acting giant in more ways than one, was 72. His agent Belinda Wright confirmed the news in a statement. 

Wright noted that Coltrane was “a unique talent” and as Hagrid, the friendly gameskeeper of Hogwarts in all eight Harry Potter films, he “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world”.

She continued: “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.”

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Coltrane portrayed the giant Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as well as the series’ other 7 films. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Wright also extended the family’s wishes to have their privacy respected during this difficult time. 

Tributes are starting to trickle in from friends and colleagues, led by Stephen Fry.

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