RIP Robbie Coltrane

Scottish actor & comedian Anthony Robert McMillan¬†OBE, known professionally as Robbie Coltrane, died yesterday at the age of 72. He gained worldwide recognition as¬†Rubeus Hagrid¬†in the¬†Harry Potter¬†film series¬†(2001‚Äď2011), and as¬†Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky¬†in the¬†James Bond¬† films GoldenEye¬†(1995) and¬†The World Is Not Enough¬† (1999). He was appointed an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours¬†by¬†Queen Elizabeth II¬†for his services to drama. In 1990, Coltrane received the¬†Evening Standard British Film Award¬†‚ÄstPeter Sellers Award for Comedy.

Coltrane started his career appearing alongside Hugh Laurie,¬† Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson in the sketch series Alfresco (1983‚Äď1984). In 1987, he starred in the¬† BBC¬† miniseries Tutti Frutti alongside Thompson, for which he received his first British Academy Television Award for Best Actor nomination. Coltrane then gained national prominence starring as criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the ITV television series Cracker (1993‚Äď2006), a role which saw him receive the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in three consecutive years (1994 to 1996). In 2006, Coltrane came eleventh in ITV’s poll of TV’s 50 Greatest Stars, voted by the public. In 2016 he starred in the four-part Channel 4 series National Treasure alongside Julie Walters, a role for which he received a British Academy Television Award nomination. He also appeared in an episode of one of my favourite sitcoms, Frasier, as Michael – one of Daphen’s brothers.

Coltrane married Rhona Gemmell on 11 December 1999. The couple had two children: son Spencer (b. 1992), and daughter Alice (b. 1998). Coltrane and Gemmell separated in 2003, and later divorced. Coltrane suffered from osteoarthritis in later life and used a wheelchair.

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