Actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 72.


He also appeared in the ITV detective drama Cracker and the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough and was well received by audiences.

Belinda Wright died on Friday in a hospital in her native Scotland, according to Coltrane's representative, who did not provide any other details. 

In one of several tributes, he described him as "forensically clever" and "brilliantly witty."

J.K. Rowling, the author of "Harry Potter," who stated decades ago that Coltrane was her first choice to play Hagrid, said on Friday that he has "an extraordinary talent, a full shutdown."

Coltrane was won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film in 2011 and was granted an OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for his services to theatre.

In a statement, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said of Coltrane, "Robbie was one of the funniest individuals I've encountered and regularly made us laugh as kids on that set."

Coltrane co-starred with Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, and Ralph Fiennes.