Robbie Coltrane (68) played Hagrid in all of the eight Harry Potter movies from 2001 to 2011. The actor, who is actually only 6’1” tall, quickly became a fan-favourite, but has changed dramatically over the last few years, having lost a significant amount of weight. Not everybody knows that he was actually a successful actor and comedian before joining the Harry Potter cast as Hagrid, however.
Robbie Coltrane’s early career
Born in Scotland as Anthony Robert McMillian, he graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and started going by the stage name Robbie Coltrane, a tribute to the legendary jazz musician John Coltrane. He had his big breakthrough starring in the play The Slab Boys and he soon started getting TV and film roles. He appeared in not one, but two, Bond films (GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough) and became a household name when he was cast as the lead in the British TV crime drama series Cracker, in which he played Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald from 1993 to 2006. He recently starred as Paul Finchley in the extremely popular British miniseries National Treasure.
Coltrane likes to keep his private life under wraps and so not much is known about the actor's everyday life. He married Rhona Gemmell in 1999 and the couple lived on an estate in Scotland until they filed for divorce in 2003. They have two children, Spencer (26) and Alice (20).