Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane was pronounced dead on October 14 at the age of 72. While details on the beloved actor’s cause of death remained under wraps, his agent revealed he died in a hospital in Scotland, according to BBC News. “Personally, I will remember him as a loyal customer. And as a wonderful actor,” she said in a statement. “He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice, and their mother Rhona Gemmell.”
Before his death, Coltrane had built an expansive and financially successful career as an actor and socialite. While the majority of pop culture enthusiasts knew him as the lovable half-giant, half-human Hagrid in the hit Harry Potter film series, the British comedian also rose to fame for his hit TV series Cracker — which earned him three BAFTAs -Awards, per deadline. Coltrane has also been part of the hit James Bond film franchise, having starred in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky. Despite his successful career, however, Coltrane has sacrificed a fabulous and high-profile life for a more humbling and secluded world.
Robbie Coltrane’s landlord hadn’t seen him in years
When you think of wealthy celebrities, the first things that come to mind are mansions and beautiful cars. However, the life of luxury never really appealed to the late Robbie Coltrane. In fact, the beloved Harry Potter star has given up living in expensive houses for the past 20 years, instead living in a £1,000-a-month barn conversion in Glasgow, Scotland, according to OK!. But not only his living quarters were shielded from the outside world. In an interview with OK! Coltrane’s landlord, Andrew Edmonstone, revealed he hadn’t seen the actor in four years.
“I haven’t seen him since we had a private dinner about five years ago or maybe longer,” Edmonstone explained. “He just doesn’t want to be part of the community anymore.” While Coltrane’s recluse status was off-putting to some, the 72-year-old has also struggled with osteoarthritis – which has left him in a wheelchair, according to Spiegel. In 2020, Coltrane revealed that he was constantly “fighting pain 24 hours a day,” per the express.
But despite leading a reclusive and sometimes painful life, Coltrane still made time for the “Harry Potter” franchise and its recent HBO Max special (via The Daily Beast). “I suppose the legacy of the films is that my children’s generation will show their children,” he said somberly. “Unfortunately, I won’t be here, but… But Hagrid will, yes.”