Robert Hardy, a veteran British stage and screen actor who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 91.
Born in 1925, Hardy began his career in Shakespearean roles onstage in Stratford-upon-Avon in the years after Second World War.
Between 1978 and 1990 he played eccentric veterinarian Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small , a popular TV series based on James Herriot’s books about rural life in the Yorkshire Dales.
In a statement, Hardy’s family said he was also “a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well a highly respected historian, and a leading specialist on the longbow”.
They said he was also part of the team that raised Tudor warship the Mary Rose, which sank off England’s south coast in 1545.
Source: The Hindu