Daniel Radcliffe has remembered his Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane as “one of the funniest people” and an “incredible actor” following his death at the age of 72.
Scottish star, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, is best known for playing the beloved Hogwarts curator Rubeus Hagrid in the fantasy series and for playing criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the ITV crime drama Cracker.
His agent for 40 years, Belinda Wright, said Coltrane passed away on Friday and thanked the medical staff at Royal Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert, near Falkirk in Scotland for “care and diplomacy” ” their.
Radcliffe, who played the lead wizard in the Harry Potter films, shared fond memories from their time on set together as he paid tribute to Coltrane.
In a statement shared with the PA news agency, he said: “Robbie is one of the funniest people I have ever met and often made us laugh non-stop as children on set.
“I especially love the memories of him keeping our spirits up on Prisoner Of Azkaban, when we all hid from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and joking around. keep spirit.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have met and worked with him and am saddened that he has passed away. He is an incredible actor and a lovely man. “
Harry Potter author JK Rowling shared a snap of them together on Twitter as she paid tribute to the “incredible” actor.
Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger, said Coltrane made the cast a family.
“Robbie is like the funniest uncle I’ve ever had but most of all, he was so caring and compassionate to me as a child and as an adult,” Watson wrote on her Instagram story with a photo of him. the two of them.
“His talent was immense, which meant he played a giant – he could fill ANY void with his brilliance.
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“Robbie, if you treat me like that on set, I promise to do it on your behalf and your memory.
“Know how much I love and admire you. I really miss your sweetness, your nickname, your warmth, your laughter and your hugs. You made us a family. Know you were the same with us.
“There is no better Hagrid. You made it a pleasure being Hermione. “
She wrote: “I will never know anyone from a distance like Robbie again.
“He is an incredible talent, a perfect talent, and I am so fortunate to have known him, worked with him and made me feel good with him.
“I send my deepest love and condolences to his family, above all his children.”
Coltrane’s role in all eight Harry Potter films is arguably his most famous role.
Born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, in 1950, Coltrane was the son of teacher and pianist Jean Ross and general practitioner Ian Baxter McMillan, and was educated at the independent Glenalmond College in Perth and Kinross.
He then attended the Glasgow School of Art and Moray House Teachers College in Edinburgh and turned to acting in his 20s.
He co-starred alongside Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Dame Emma Thompson in the 1983-1984 sketch series Alfresco, and reunited with Dame Emma in the BBC miniseries Tutti Frutti, where he played Big Jazza, the film in which he received its first Bafta nomination.
Coltrane rose to prominence as criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald on the ITV series Cracker from 1993 to 1995 and in a special episode back in 2006.
This role won him the Bafta Award for Best Actor for three consecutive years from 1994 to 1996.
Coltrane also appeared in another classic British series when he played KGB man Valentin Zukovsky in the 1995 Bond film Goldeneye and modified the same character in The World Is Not Enough.
In a statement, his agent, Belinda Wright, said: “Robbie is a unique talent, having won the Baftas Award for consecutive Best Actor Baftas by the Guinness Book of World Records for his portrayal of Fitz. in the Granada TV series Cracker in 1994, 1995 and 1996 alongside Sir Michael Gambon.
“He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.
“A role that brings joy to children as well as adults around the world, driving a weekly stream of fan letters for over 20 years.
“James Bond fans are writing to applaud his roles in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
“For me personally, I will remember him as an absolute loyal customer as well as a great actor, he was truly intelligent, wonderfully witty and after 40 years proud to be called the My agent, I will miss him.”
Fry praised his co-star Alfresco’s “depth, strength and talent” as he paid tribute to him on Twitter.
“I first met Robbie Coltrane almost 40 years ago,” he said. I was scared/terrified/love came at the same time.
“Depth, power and talent: enough humor to cause helpless hiccups and whistles as we made our first TV show, ‘Alfresco’.
“Farewell, old friend. You will be terribly missed. “
Coltrane was named an OBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honors list for his contributions to television series and he was awarded the Bafta Scotland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema in 2011.
The actor is survived by his sister Annie Rae, children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell.
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