Robbie Coltrane is a Scottish actor and comedian known for his parts in films such as From Hell, Henry V and the Harry Potter series.
He was born in South Lanarkshire, Scotland on March 30, 1950. Throughout his education, he was known for his art, having at one point studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started acting in his early 20s, using the stage name Coltrane, in tribute to the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. He appeared in theater plays and sketch shows like The Comic Strip Presents and Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee.
Robbie Coltrane’s first film appearance was in Death Watch, released in 1980. This was followed by roles in films such as Flash Gordon, Absolute Beginners, Mona Lisa and The Fruit Machine, where he played the role of Annabelle. He also appeared in television programs such as The Young Ones, Blackadder the Third, and Tutti Frutti, which earned him a BAFTA TV Award nomination in 1988.
In 1993, Robbie Coltrane appeared in the crime drama Cracker, as criminal psychologist Eddie Fitzgerald. His performance won him three BAFTA TV Awards for Best Actor, from 1994 to 1996. His success led him to roles in James Bond films: 1995’s GoldenEye and 1999’s The World Is Not Enough. He also snagged a major supporting role in the 2001 film From Hell.
In 2001, Coltrane took on the role of half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book series’ author, J.K. Rowling, admitted that the character was based on Coltrane’s likeness. He has reprised the role in the other four Harry Potter films, and is expected to do the same in the upcoming Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows films.
Coltrane has also presented motoring television shows in Britain, owing to his interest in cars, especially vintage cars, which he collects.