Robbie Coltrane, best known for his role as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 72

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Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor who played a criminal psychologist in the TV series Cracker and the half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died. He was 72.

Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright said he died in a hospital in Scotland on Friday. She didn’t give a reason.

Coltrane rose to fame as a hardened detective in the 1990s series Cracker, for which he won Best Actor at the British Academy Television Awards three years running.

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Robbie Coltrane arrives for the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final film in the series, in Trafalgar Square, central London, July 7, 2011.

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He played the gentle half-giant Hagrid, a mentor to the young wizard, in all eight Harry Potter films released between 2001 and 2011.

Other roles include a Russian crime boss in the James Bond thrillers GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

Coltrane received rave reviews for the role of a popular TV star who may harbor a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries National Treasure.

Wright said, “Not only was he a wonderful actor, but he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly funny and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I will miss him.”

Wright said Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, ex-wife Rhona Gemmell, and children Spencer and Alice.



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