Harry Potter actor dies in Coventry

Richard Griffiths, has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 65. He was being treated at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Richard Griffiths' long career on screen and stage

Richard Griffiths (C) in the theatre production of Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in London Credit: Alma Robinson/EMPICS Entertainment
Richard Griffiths gives a speech after receiving an award in 2004 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Richard Griffiths and guest arrive for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in London in 2002 Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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Richard Griffiths' most famous stage and screen roles

Here are some of Richard Griffiths' most famous roles on screen and stage:

  • Hector, the teacher, in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys
  • Uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films
  • Mr Bayham Badger in the 2005 TV adaptation of Charles Dickens's Bleak House
  • Inspector Henry Crabbe, policeman and pie chef, in TV series Pie In The Sky
  • Swelter in TV series Gormenghast
  • Uncle Monty in film Withnail and I
  • Head porter at Caius College in film Chariots of Fire


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Daniel Radcliffe pays tribute to mentor Richard Griffiths

Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter alongside Richard Griffiths, led tributes to the actor whose "encouragement, tutelage and humour" made work a joy to work with.

Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career.

In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys', which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease.

Seven years later, we embarked on Equus [at the Gielgud Theatre in London] together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humour made it a joy.

In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him.

– daniel radcliffe, actor

Actor Richard Griffiths dies in Coventry

Richard Griffiths Credit: PA

Actor Richard Griffiths, who's best known for playing Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, has died at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

He's undergone heart surgery but died from complications following the operation.

The South Warwickshire-based actor was 65 years old.

University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire Credit: ITV News Central

Griffiths, had a long career on stage and screen, with numerous roles including work with the Royal Shakespeare Company based in Stratford-upon-Avon..

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