Sam Beazley, the actor who starred in the likes of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Johnny English and Bridget Jones’ Diary has passed away, at the age of 101.
The British actor first made a name for himself in the 1930s where he began his career on the stage in London, but took a break from the world of acting to serve in World War Two, and running an antiques shop before returning to acting at the age of 75. He is also well known as an artist, with exhibitions around the UK over the years.
He was most famous for his role in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix as Professor Everard, a former Hogwarts Headmaster whose portrait hung in Professor Dumbledore’s office. After Harry Potter sees Arthur Weasley being attacked by Nagini, Everard is sent to his portrait in the Ministry of Magic to warn the Ministry, and to save Arthur from imminent death.
He also appeared in several TV shows, including Casualty, Kingdom, Foyle’s War, Doctors and Midsomer Murders. Beazley became the second ever Harry Potter cast member to reach 100 in 2016, after Margery Mason who played the Hogwarts Express Trolley Lady.
His death was first announced by the Times Newspaper, where they wrote,
Actor and artist, died in his sleep 12th June 2017, aged 101. Beloved brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle. Funeral on 21st June, at Mortlake Crematorium, 2pm.
RIP Sam Beazley. May you always remain in Dumbledore’s office.