Co-star pays tribute to veteran actor Robert Hardy after his death aged 91
Tributes have poured in following the news that Harry Potter actor Robert Hardy has died at the age of 91.
The star, whose career in stage, television and film spanned more than 70 years, was best known for playing Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the hit movies about the boy wizard.
A statement shared yesterday by his children, Emma, Justine and Paul, read: "Dad is also remembered as a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well as a highly respected historian and a leading specialist on the longbow.
"He was an essential part of the team that raised the great Tudor warship The Mary Rose.
"Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by everyone who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work."
A familiar household face, Hardy also played Siegfried Farnon in the long-running BBC series All Creatures Great and Small.
He portrayed Winston Churchill twice - in Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain (2015), and Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981).
Within minutes of the announcement of his death, a Tweet from London's Westminster Abbey read: "Robert Hardy read from Henry the Fifth at our 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt service in 2015. RIP".
Paying tribute, The British Film Institute (BFI) also posted: "We're sad to hear Robert Hardy, best known for roles in the Harry Potter films & TV series All Creatures Great And Small, has died aged 91".
His former Oxford school, Magdalen College, added: "Sad news breaking that Magdalen alumnus Robert Hardy (1944) has died at the age of 91".