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ROBBIE COLTRANE (Rubeus Hagrid) is back as the much loved character of Rubeus Hagrid, Hogwarts' caretaker and part-time teacher and close friend of Harry, Ron and Hermione

Coltrane is one of the UK's most prolific and respected film and television actors with a multi-award-winning career spanning 30 years. His illustrious film career to date boasts 40 films including, most recently, Ocean's Twelve, in the role of Matsui and, of course, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the former of which garnered him BAFTA and the London Film Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor as well as Scottish Screen's Best Actor Award.

Other recent credits include Allen and Albert Hughes' From Hell; the James Bond films The World is Not Enough and GoldenEye, in which he played Valentin Zukovsky; Warner Bros. Pictures' Message in a Bottle; Buddy; The Pope Must Die; Henry V; Let it Ride; Absolute Beginners; Defense of the Realm; Mona Lisa and Nuns on the Run, for which he was awarded The Peter Sellers Award For Comedy at the 1991 Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Perhaps Coltrane is best known as Fitz in the internationally acclaimed and hugely popular television series Cracker. The three seasons of the phenomenally successful drama amassed an impressive array of awards, including two BAFTA Best Drama Series Awards in 1995 and 1996, the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama, the 1993 Broadcasting Press Guilds Award for Best Series and the US CableACE Awards Best Movie or Mini Series.

Coltrane himself was honored with a staggering array of awards for his portrayal of the tough, wisecracking police psychologist, Fitz. Incredibly, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Television Actor three years in a row (1994, 1995 and 1996); Best Television Actor at the 1993 Broadcasting Press Guilds Awards; a Silver Nymph Award for Best Actor at the 1994 Monte Carlo Television Festival; Best Male Performer at the 1994 Royal Television Society Awards; FIPA's Best Actor Award and a CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Mini Series.

Coltrane starred most recently in the finale episode of the hugely successful series Frasier. Prior to that, he starred in and was executive producer on the critically acclaimed two-part ITV series The Planman.

Coltrane first came to attention in Slab Boys in 1978 at the Traverse Theatre and the Hampstead Theatre, before launching himself in the early 1980s on an unsuspecting comedy scene with appearances on Alfresco, A Kick Up the Eighties, Laugh? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee and Saturday Night Live.

He went on to make star appearances in 13 Comic Strip productions and numerous television shows including Blackadders III and Blackadder's Christmas Carol, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Danny McGlone in Tony Smith's Tutti Frutti.


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