Sad news today as it's confirmed Robert Hardy has passed away at the age of 91.
Hardy had a "tremendous life" and "a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years," said his family, via the BBC.
He was adored by a new generation for his role in the Harry Potter film franchise, portraying Cornelius Fudge in four films.
“Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work," his children Emma, Justine and Paul said in a statement.
"Dad is also remembered as 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.
Robert was also known for numerous portrayals of Winston Churchill. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.