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British actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91

Latest Update: August 3, 2017 | 459 Views
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LONDON: Actor Robert Hardy, a familiar face on British television who also played the minister of magic in the Harry Potter franchise, has died aged 91, his family announced on Thursday.

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“It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Hardy CBE today announced his death, following a tremendous life: a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years,” a statement from his children Emma, Justine and Paul said.

They added: “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”

Born in 1925, Hardy started his career at 24 in a stage adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’, the first of many theatre roles.

He was also part of several long-standing television shows, including the BBC‘s famed ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, which ran for 12 years.

The Bafta-nominated actor later appeared in the Harry Potter films as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge, a role he reprised four times.

He was awarded a CBE – one of Britain’s highest honours – in 1981 for his services to acting.

AFP