Harry Potter actor Sir Michael Gambon, who played Professor Albus Dumbledore in six films has sadly passed away at 82. Harry Potter co-stars are among those paying tribute to the stage and screen legend.
Daniel Radcliffe said the “brilliant, effortless” actor “loved his job but never seemed defined by it”.
Rupert Grint said his “personal role model” had “brought so much warmth and mischief to every day on set”. Writer JK Rowling hailed a “wonderful man” and “outstanding actor”.
Another Potter star, Fiona Shaw, said Sir Michael has shown during his long and varied life that he “could do anything” as an actor.
The Dublin-born actor, who died in hospital after a bout of pneumonia, worked in TV, film, theatre and radio in his six-decade career. He won four Baftas.
Although he always regarded his theatre work as the most important, he won acclaim for a series of key TV and cinema roles in the 1980s and 1990s.
These included the ground-breaking and controversial BBC One drama The Singing Detective, in which he played the eponymous sleuth in a complex tale from writer Dennis Potter.