3 Defining Roles of Robbie Coltrane’s Amazing, Four-Decades-Long Career

Robbie Coltrane at the New York Premiere of Great Expectations, America in 2013
Robbie Coltrane at the New York Premiere of "Great Expectations" in 2013. Photo by Mediapunch/Shutterstock (3333306q)

The passing of the British star Robbie Coltrane took the world by storm this past weekend. The larger-than-life actor passed away at 72 at a hospital in Scotland and we’re honoring his legacy by looking back at some of the most iconic roles of his four-decades-long career.

Harry Potter

Coltrane’s most beloved character needs no special introduction. He won the hearts of millions in the role of Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise. In a moving interview that went viral on social media, Coltrane looked back at the movies’ legacy by saying, “So you could be watching it in 50 years’ time, easily. I’ll not be here, sadly… but Hagrid will.”


Before breaking into Hollywood, Coltrane stared in many acclaimed British TV shows, from sketch series Alfresco to BBC’s Tutti Frutti. If we had to pick his most memorable TV appearance, it would definitely be the crime drama Cracker, for which he won three consecutive BAFTA TV Awards.

James Bond

Harry Potter is not the only beloved British franchise that Coltrane starred in. He also played Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky, a former KGB operative-turned-ally of Agent 007, in two James Bond movies starring Pierce Brosnan—GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.