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Robert Hardy: Harry Potter and All Creatures Great and Small star dies – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hardy’s children described him as ‘gruff, elegant, twinkly and always dignified’

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 theater, television and cinema spanning more than 70 years”.

He was also known for numerous portrayals of Winston Churchill.

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

Robert Hardy: A life in images

Media captionWatch Robert Hardy in his most notable roles

Image caption Hardy as Cornelius Fudge in 2007 ‘s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Media captionChristopher Timothy remembers working with Robert Hardy on All Creatures Great and Small

Image caption Hardy’s family said he was an expert in the longbow

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