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.
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