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Robert Hardy: Harry Potter And All Creatures Great And Small Star Dies

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Hardy was known for his portrayals of Churchill (BBC via GettyImages)

The actor Robert Hardy, star of TV series All Creatures Great and Small, has died aged 91, his family has said.

Hardy, they said, had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television, and film spanning more than 70 years”.

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He was also known for numerous portrayals of Winston Churchill.

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Robert Hardy looking great at 90. Harry Wallop finds Robert Hardy in fine fettle on his 90th birthday, with tales of a star-studded acting past and his verdict on the latest generation of actors (The Telegraph)

In more recent years, he appeared as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic, in four of the Harry Potter films.

His family said: “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”

Hardy as Cornelius Fudge in 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (BBC via Warner Bros.)

His children Emma, Justine, and Paul said in the statement: “Dad is also remembered as a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well 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.”

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