Harry Potter star Griffiths dies

29 March 2013

Richard Griffiths, one of Britain's most celebrated character actors, has died from complications following heart surgery.

The stage and screen star, who played Uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, was 65.

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

Radcliffe, who also performed with Griffiths in the stage play Equus, said: "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 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."

Griffiths died yesterday at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, said Griffiths's unexpected death would devastate his "army of friends".

Away from the Harry Potter films, Griffiths was most famous for his role as Uncle Monty in cult favourite Withnail And I. The married actor, who was born in Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, and grew up caring for his deaf parents, was awarded an OBE for services to drama in 2007.

His agent Simon Beresford said: "Richard was a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to his devoted wife Heather and his family at this sad time."

What to read next

#1 Dating Site for Singles 45+

Don’t know how to meet singles near you? This is the place for you.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 3.25% (3.405% APR) 30 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Resort-style amenities in Loudoun County

Enjoy privacy in a new, secluded cul-de-sac home while taking in breathtaking views. Community includes trails, gym and huge pool. From the low $600s.

Walden University - Master's and Doctoral Degrees

Learn more about earning your degree from Walden University. Study online and further your career. Classes start soon. Request free information!

Single and over 45?

There are thousands of singles online now! Find your next date here. Click to browse profiles and pics for free!