British actor Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy, known in the business as Robert Hardy, has died aged 91. Many Harry Potter fans will remember Hardy from the Harry Potter franchise, in which he starred as the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge. We will raise our wands in tribute to our fallen wizard.
From an early age, Hardy dreamed of a career in acting, but first earned himself a place at Oxford University to study English. However, his studies were cut short after he was drafted into the Royal Air Force, and forced to continue his degree at a later date. After finishing his BA (Hons), Hardy quickly came wrapped up in the world of classical acting, and soon found himself on stage amongst the likes of Laurence Olivier, and Peter Hall. After showing his talents in Shakespeare’s Henry V on the big stage, he was chosen to continue the role on screen. Thus began his television career.
As time wore on, Hardy became a key player within BBC dramas, like Troubleshooters, All Creatures Great and Small, Manhunt and Edward the Seventh which skyrocketed his career and made him a household name within British television.
With his grandiose stature and his eloquent speaking voice, Hardy spent most of his career playing famous and powerful men in history, like Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
His big break in the movie world came in 2004, when he was cast as the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – and where we got the first glimpse of the man who would forever remain faithful to his Wizarding World, even if that meant avoiding their obvious enemies.
Hardy’s family have confirmed the news, saying that he had a ‘tremendous life’ and a ‘giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years.’
RIP Robert Hardy.