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Robert Hardy

One of England's most successful and enduring character actors, with a prolific screen career on television and in films, Robert Hardy was acclaimed for his versatility and the depth of his performances. Born in Cheltenham in 1925, he studied at Oxford University and, in 1949, he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. Television viewers most fondly remember him as the overbearing Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (1978) but his most critically acclaimed performance was as the title character of Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981). His portrayal of Britain's wartime leader was so accurately observed that, in the following years, he was called on to reprise the role in such productions as The Woman He Loved (1988) and War and Remembrance (1988). Unlike some British character actors, Hardy was not a Hollywood name and his work in films was therefore restricted to appearances in predominantly British-based productions such as The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). However, in the 21st century, Hardy came to the attention of a whole new generation for his performances in the hugely successful Harry Potter films, while also continuing to make regular appearances in British television series. His co-star from All Creatures Great and Small (1978), Peter Davison, quite simply described Hardy as an "extraordinary" actor who would "never do the same thing twice" when he was acting with him. He was awarded the CBE for services to acting. He died in August 2017.

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Oct 29, 1925 In Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie Joseph's Reel 2015-06-18
Known For
Poster of Le Grand Charles
Poster of The 10th Kingdom
Poster of Nancherrow
Movie Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain Winston Churchill 2015-01-25
Movie Joseph's Reel Old Joseph 2015-06-18
Movie Narnia's Lost Poet: The Secret Lives and Loves of C.S. Lewis Himself - Interviewee 2013-11-27
Movie Margaret Willie Whitelaw 2009-03-26
Series Lewis Sir Arnold Raeburn 2007-02-18
Movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Cornelius Fudge 2007-06-28
Series The Alan Titchmarsh Show Unknown 2007-09-03
Series Le Grand Charles Franklin D. Roosevelt 2006-03-27
Movie Goodbye Mr Snuggles Mr. Stiles 2006-08-15
Movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cornelius Fudge 2005-11-16
Movie Lassie Judge Murray 2005-12-16
Movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Cornelius Fudge 2004-05-31
Series Agatha Christie's Marple Winston Churchill 2004-12-12
Movie Making Waves Father Parry 2004-07-26
Movie Lucky Jim Professor Neddy Welch 2003-04-11
Series Death in Holy Orders Father Martin 2003-08-23
Movie The Falklands Play Sir Anthony Parsons 2002-04-10
Series Shackleton Sir James Caird 2002-01-02
Series Spooks Unknown 2002-05-13
Movie Bertie and Elizabeth President Roosevelt 2002-07-07
Movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cornelius Fudge 2002-11-13
Series Foyle's War Unknown 2002-10-27
Movie Thunderpants Doctor 2002-05-24
Series The Lost World Professor Illingworth 2001-12-25
Movie The Gathering Bishop 2001-06-23
Movie The Lost World Prof. Illingworth 2001-12-25
Series The 10th Kingdom Chancellor Griswold 2000-02-27
Movie Nancherrow Viscount Berryan 1999-01-01
Movie An Ideal Husband Lord Caversham 1999-05-18
Series Nancherrow 1999-04-04
Movie The Tichborne Claimant Lord Rivers 1998-08-01
Movie The Barber of Siberia Forsten 1998-11-11
Series Midsomer Murders Unknown 1997-03-23
Movie Mrs. Dalloway Sir William Bradshaw 1997-09-01
Series Gulliver's Travels Dr. Parnell 1996-02-04
Movie Sense and Sensibility Sir John Middleton 1995-12-13
Series Bramwell Sir Herbert Hamilton 1995-05-01
Series Middlemarch Arthur Brooke 1994-04-10
Movie A Feast At Midnight Headmaster 1994-11-01
Movie Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Prof. Krempe 1994-11-04
Movie The Master Blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton 1992-02-02
Movie Bomber Harris Winston Churchill 1989-09-03
Movie Paris by Night Adam Gillvray 1988-09-13
Movie The Woman He Loved Winston Churchill 1988-04-03
Movie Richard Burton: In from the Cold Self 1988-09-20
Series War and Remembrance Winston Churchill 1988-11-13
Movie Make and Break John Garrard 1987-01-02
Series Inspector Morse Unknown 1987-01-06
Movie The Death of the Heart Major Brutt 1987-05-03
Movie Northanger Abbey General Tilney 1986-02-15
Series Hot Metal 1986-02-16
Movie The Shooting Party Bob, Lord Lilburn 1985-02-01
Movie Jenny's War Klein 1985-10-25
Movie The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood King Richard 1984-05-22
Series The Far Pavilions The Commandant 1984-04-22
Series Sherlock Holmes Charles Augustus Milverton 1984-04-24
Series The Cleopatras Julius Caesar 1983-01-19
Series Natural World Narrator 1983-10-30
Series Countdown Unknown 1982-11-02
Series Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years Winston Churchill 1981-09-06
Movie Twelfth Night Sir Toby Belch 1980-01-06
Movie The Pied Piper of Hamelin Narrator 1980-03-12
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Clayton 1979-09-20
Series BBC Television Shakespeare Unknown 1978-12-01
Series All Creatures Great and Small Siegfried Farnon 1978-01-08
Series Raffles Unknown 1977-02-25
Series Supernatural Unknown 1977-06-11
Series Bill Brand Mr. Marples 1976-06-07
Series Victorian Scandals Unknown 1976-09-03
Series The Duchess of Duke Street Unknown 1976-09-04
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Edward the Seventh 1975-04-01
Movie Caesar and Claretta Benito Mussolini 1975-05-08
Series Petrocelli Unknown 1974-03-16
Movie The Slap Robert Dickinson 1974-10-23
Movie The Gathering Storm Joachim von Ribbentrop 1974-11-29
Movie Speed King Dorothy Campbell 1974-12-19
Movie The Silent One The Assistant 1973-02-10
Movie Psychomania Chief Inspector Hesseltine 1973-01-05
Movie Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Bertilak 1973-06-01
Movie Dark Places Edward Foster / Andrew Marr 1973-05-01
Movie Yellow Dog Alexander 1973-08-11
Movie Young Winston Prep School Headmaster 1972-07-20
Movie Demons of the Mind Zorn 1972-11-05
Series Elizabeth R Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester) 1971-02-17
Movie 10 Rillington Place Malcolm Morris 1971-02-10
Movie The Stalls of Barchester Archdeacon Haynes 1971-12-24
Series Upstairs, Downstairs Unknown 1971-10-10
Series A Ghost Story for Christmas Unknown 1971-12-24
Movie How I Won the War British General 1967-10-18
Movie Berserk Detective Superintendent Brooks 1967-11-01
Series Mystery and Imagination Unknown 1966-01-29
Series The Troubleshooters Alec Stewart 1965-07-07
Movie The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Dick Carlton 1965-12-16
Series The Wednesday Play Unknown 1964-09-30
Series The Dark Island 1962-07-08
Series The Saint Walter Faber 1962-10-04
Series An Age of Kings Unknown 1960-04-28
Movie Torpedo Run Lt. Redley 1958-10-24
Series The Veil Unknown 1958-01-01
Series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Unknown 1956-09-15
Series The Buccaneers Unknown 1956-09-19
Movie Othello Cassio 1955-12-15
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Joachim von Ribbentrop 1951-12-24