Actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 72.

He also appeared in the ITV detective drama Cracker and the James Bond films Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough.

In a statement, his agent Belinda Wright confirmed that the actor died at a hospital near Falkirk in Scotland.

She described Coltrane as a “unique talent”, adding that his role as Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world”.

“For me personally, I will remember him as a permanent loyal customer. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, he will be missed.

“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and his mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.

“Please respect the privacy of Robbie’s family at this distressing time.”

Coltrane was named an OBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honors List for services to theater and received the Bafta Scotland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film in 2011.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute to Coltrane in a statement, saying: “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and used to constantly make us laugh as kids on that set.

“I have especially fond memories of him keeping spirits up in Prisoner of Azkaban, when we all hid from the pouring rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he would tell stories and joke around to keep morale high.

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