Robbie Coltrane 1950-2022

Robbie Coltrane, whose acting career spanned everything from Bond films to Cracker to Harry Potter, has died aged 72.

His real name isn’t Robbie Coltrane He was actually born Anthony Robert McMillan and changed his name when he got into acting. He took the stage name Coltrane as a nod to jazz great John Coltrane

His first screen credit was Waterloo Sunset, the Richard Eyre-directed Play for Today in 1979, in which he played opposite Queenie Watts’s care-home escapee.

 Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in January 2006

Took the role of Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series at the urging of his children

Coltrane was cast as lovable giant Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter thanks to author JK Rowling. He was part of Rowling’s dream cast for the movies, as well as Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall, and was given the part without auditioning.

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