The director of the award winning play The History Boys has paid tribute to the actor Richard Griffiths, describing him as an "extraordinary actor with a huge versatility".
Griffiths received a Tony Award and a Lawrence Olivier Award for his portrayal of the eccentric teacher Hector in the production.
Nicholas Hytner, who is also the Director of the National Theatre, said the role was the "pinnacle of a remarkable career".
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.
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
Richard Griffiths, one of Britain's most celebrated character actors, has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 65.
He passed away yesterday at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.
Griffiths, who was best known as Uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, had a long career in stage and screen.