It’s a sad day in Harry Potter fandom. Actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for portraying Rubeus Hagrid in the film series, has died at the age of 72, his representative confirmed to BBC News on October 14. Coltrane, née Anthony Robert McMillan, reportedly died while in hospital near Falkirk, Scotland. “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,” his agent Belinda Wright said in a statement. Wright asked for privacy for his loved ones, adding that they wanted to thank the team at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland “for their care and diplomacy.”
Also known for portraying Valentin Zukovsky in the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, Coltrane’s health has long been a concern. In 2019, amid ongoing struggles with wheelchair osteoarthritis, Coltrane attended a Harry Potter event while awaiting surgery for a new knee, per The Sun. “I’m in pain all day,” Coltrane told the Daily Mail in 2016 of his condition.
Though his health dominated the headlines about his personal life, Coltrane had a thriving but little-discussed love life in his final years. Here’s what we know about his longtime lover at the time of his death.
Robbie Coltrane was a private romantic
In 2020, after having a divorce and two grown children, Robbie Coltrane announced his updated relationship status. “I have a girlfriend,” the notoriously private “Harry Potter” actor told Britain’s Radio Times (via Express). “We’ve been dating for 12 years now,” Coltrane added, calling his lover “grown up.” Speaking about the possibility of having more children, the actor told the outlet at the time that his children with ex-wife Rhona Gemmell, Spencer McMillan and Alice McMillan, were enough. “I don’t want babies! i have my babies They’re on,” Coltrane quipped.
Regarding Gemmell, Coltrane had reportedly been going through a rough patch when word spread about their four-year marriage in 2003. According to the Daily Mail, the Scottish actor checked into Glasgow’s Priory Hospital to recover from his alcoholism following his split from the sculptor. When the two attempted a failed reconciliation in 2008, Coltrane told the Daily Mail in 2016 that of all the fulfilling things in life, his priorities are having a family and “falling in love.”