Coltrane in April 2007
Anthony Robert McMillan
30 March 1950
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
Rhona Gemmell (m. 1999–2003)
Robbie Coltrane OBE (born Anthony Robert McMillan; 30 March 1950) is a Scottish actor and author. He is known for his roles as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, as Valentin Dmitrovich Zhukovsky in the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, and as Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald in the British TV series Cracker during the 1990s.
Early life and education
Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of Jean Ross (née Howie), a teacher and pianist, and Ian Baxter McMillan, a general practitioner who also served as a forensic police surgeon. He has an older sister, Annie, and a younger sister, Jane. Coltrane is the great-grandson of Scottish businessman Thomas W. Howie and the nephew of businessman Forbes Howie.
He was educated at Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perthshire. Though he later described his experiences there as deeply unhappy, he played for the rugby First XV, was head of the school's debating society and won prizes for his art. From Glenalmond, Coltrane went on to Glasgow School of Art, where he was ridiculed for "having an accent like Prince Charles" (of which he quickly disposed, though not before gaining the nickname "Lord Fauntleroy"), and thereafter Moray House College of Education (now part of the University of Edinburgh) in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Coltrane later called for private schools to be banned and used to be known as "Red Robbie", rebelling against his conservative upbringing through involvement with Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the Labour Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Coltrane moved into acting in his early twenties, taking the stage name Coltrane (in tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane) and working in theatre and comedy. Appearing in the 1981 BBC television comedy series A Kick Up the Eighties, his comic skills also brought him roles in The Comic Strip Presents (1982) series and the comedy sketch shows Alfresco (1983–1984) and Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee (1984).
Coltrane moved into roles in films such as Flash Gordon (1980), Death Watch (1980), Balham, Gateway to the South (1981), Scrubbers (1983), Krull (1983), The Supergrass (1985), Defence of the Realm (1985), Absolute Beginners (1986), Mona Lisa (1986) and appeared as "Annabelle" in The Fruit Machine (1988).
On television, he appeared in The Young Ones, Tutti Frutti (1987), as Samuel Johnson in Blackadder (1987) (a role he later reprised in the more serious Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Islands (1993)), and in a number of stand-up and sketch comedy shows. He played the part of Falstaff in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989) He co-starred with Eric Idle in Nuns on the Run (1990), and played the Pope in The Pope Must Die (1991). He also played a would-be private detective obsessed with Humphrey Bogart in the TV play The Bogie Man.
His roles continued in the 1990s with the TV series Cracker (1993–1996, returning in 2006 for a one-off special), in which he starred as forensic psychologist Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald. The role won him three BAFTA awards.
Roles in bigger films followed; the James Bond films GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999), a supporting role in From Hell (2001), as well as half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films (2001–2011). J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, had Coltrane at the top of her list to play Hagrid and, when asked whom she would like to see in the role, responded "Robbie Coltrane for Hagrid" in one quick breath. There is also an unnamed 8 ft actor who stands in for the 6 ft 1in Coltrane in some scenes.
Coltrane has also presented a number of documentary programmes for the British ITV network based around his twin passions for travel and transportation. Coltrane in a Cadillac (1993) saw him cross North America from Los Angeles to New York behind the wheel of a 1951 Cadillac Series 62 coupe convertible, a journey of 3,765 miles (6,059 km) which he completed in 32 days.
In 1997, Coltrane appeared in a series of six programmes under the title Coltrane's Planes and Automobiles, in which he extolled the virtues of the steam engine, the diesel engine, the supercharger, the V8 engine, the two-stroke engine, and the jet engine. In these programmes he dismantled and rebuilt several engines. He also single-handedly removed the engine from a Trabant car in 23 minutes.
In August 2007, Coltrane presented a series for ITV called B-Road Britain, in which he travelled from London to Glasgow, stopping in towns and villages along the way.
Coltrane was voted No. 11 in ITV's TV's 50 Greatest Stars and sixth in a poll of 2000 adults across the UK to find the 'most famous Scot', behind the Loch Ness Monster, Robert Burns, Sean Connery, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.
Coltrane married Rhona Gemmell on 11 December 1999. The couple have two children: son Spencer (b. 1992), and daughter Alice (b. 1998). Coltrane and Gemmell separated in 2003 and later divorced.
Filmography and awards
|1979||Play for Today||Jimmie||"Waterloo Sunset"|
|1980||The Lost Tribe||Border Post Guard||"Keep Us Alive"|
|1981||Metal Mickey||Jason||"Mickey the Demon Barber"|
|1981–1984||A Kick Up the Eighties||All ten episodes|
|1981||Keep It in the Family||Mr. Conway||"A Matter of Principle"|
|1982||Sin on Saturday|
|1982||Five Go Mad in Dorset||Female shopkeeper / Male gypsy||Season 1, Episode 1 of The Comic Strip Presents|
|1983||Are You Being Served||Dynamite-truck driver on CB Radio||"Calling All Customers"|
|1984||The Young Ones||Doctor in Episode "Bambi", Bouncer in Episode "Oil", Captain Blood in "Time"|
|1987||Blackadder the Third||Samuel Johnson||"Ink and Incapability"|
|1987||Tutti Frutti||Danny McGlone||Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor|
|1988||Blackadder's Christmas Carol||The Spirit of Christmas|
|1989||The Robbie Coltrane Special||LWT comedy Special|
|1990||Danny Champion of the World||Victor Hazell|
|1991||Screen One||Psychiatrist Liam Kane||"Alive And Kicking"|
|1993||The Legend of Lochnagar||The old man||TV film, voice|
|Cracker||Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald||Three British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor (1994, 1995 and 1996)|
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor
Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Male
Nominated – CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
For episode "Brotherly Love" (parts I, II and III).
|1997||Coltrane's Planes and Automobiles||6-part Documentary|
|1998||The Ebb-Tide||Capt. Chisholm|
|1999||Alice in Wonderland||Ned Tweedledum|
|2003||Comic Relief: The Big Hair Do||Hagrid|
|2003||The Planman||Jack Lennox QC|
|2004||Frasier||Michael Moon||"Goodnight, Seattle"|
|2005||Still Game||Davie||Season 4 Episode 3: "Dial-A-Bus"|
|2006||Cracker: Nine Eleven||Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald|
|2007||Robbie Coltrane – B Road Britain||TV Documentary|
|2009||Murderland||D.I. Douglas Hain|
|2009||The Gruffalo||The Gruffalo||TV film (children's), voice|
|2011||Lead Balloon||Donald||Series 4 Episode 4: "Off" |
Series 4 Episode 5: "Blade"
Series 4 Episode 6: "End"
|50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments||Himself||Narrator|
|The Gruffalo's Child||The Gruffalo||TV film (children's), voice|
|2016||National Treasure||Paul Finchley||TV film|
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
|2016–present||Robbie Coltrane Critical Evidence||Host||true crime, non fiction, host|
- Won Evening Standard British Film Award – Peter Sellers Award for Comedy 1990.
- He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year Honours for his services to drama.
- In 2011 was honoured for his "outstanding contribution" to film as the British Academy Scotland Awards ("BAFTA Scotland Awards").
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- Paton, Maureen (20 March 2003). "'Hagrid? I'm just Dad'". Telegraph.co.uk. London.
- "Scotland on Sunday". Scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
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- "j.k. rowling". Neatorama.com. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- Alderson, Andrew (11 November 2001). "'They really do look as I'd imagined they would inside my head'". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
(Accio Quote!, the Largest Archive of J.K. Rowling quotes on the web)
- Ezard, John (5 June 2002). "Size means everything as Harry's big secret slips out". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
- Femia, Will (13 November 2001). "Chat Flashback: The cinematic debut of Rubeus Hagrid". MSNBC. NBC News. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
In real life, I'm 6'1" -- each way pretty well, north and south and east and west, unfortunately
- Hughes, Sarah (17 September 2016). "Robbie Coltrane: the jovial giant with an enduring hint of menace". the Guardian.
- "The Robbie Coltrane Special". Uk.imdb.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- Dunn, Josephine M (28 March 2018). Jimmy McGovern's Cracker. Amazon: KDP. pp. 1–159. ISBN 9-7819-8062-5452. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
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