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Michael Gambon, Harry Potter actor, dies aged 82

Sir Michael Gambon’s most memorable performances as actor dies aged 82

Actor Sir Michael Gambon, who brought the eccentric, benevolent wizard Dumbledore to life in numerous Harry Potter films, has died peacefully in hospital aged 82, his family has said.

Gambon played the magical character in six of the eight films in the franchise, and also won four TV Baftas over the course of his five-decade career.

He is also known for playing French detective Jules Maigret in ITV’s Maigret, and for starring in the BBC’s The Singing Detective.

A statement issued on behalf of his wife, Lady Anne Gambon, and son Fergus Gambon said: “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon.

“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.”

Harry Potter author JK Rowling called Gambon an “outstanding actor” and “a wonderful man” while Hermione Granger star Emma Watson thanked him for “showing us what it looks like to wear greatness lightly”.


Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins describes Gambon as ‘the loveliest of legends’

Jenkins said the actor “couldn’t have been kinder, calmer and more supportive” during her time on set in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special.

The singer, who portrayed Abigail, shared a photo of herself next to Gambon dressed as his character Kazran.

In a Facebook post, Jenkins said: “My dear Kazran! My first acting role was opposite Sir Michael Gambon in the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

“He couldn’t have been kinder, calmer and more supportive.

“Today we have lost the loveliest of legends.”

Tom Murray29 September 2023 04:37


Jared Harris pays tribute to Gambon, who took over Dumbledore role from his father Richard

“A brilliant actor,” he wrote on Twitter/X. “I saw him on stage several times, and he lives unforgettably in my memory. He took over Dumbledore from my father, which was fitting as he over took Brando as my father’s favourite actor.”

Tom Murray29 September 2023 03:39


Michael Gambon explains his accent

In a resurfaced video, Michael Gambon explains his slightly confusing accent.

The actor was born in Dublin but moved to London when he was just six years old. He explains his accent is a mixture of Irish, Cockney and posh.

Tom Murray29 September 2023 02:40


Gambon’s ‘Layer Cake’ speech remembered

On social media, many fans are sharing Gambon’s Layer Cake monologue, which he delivers to Daniel Craig.

“You’re born, you take s***. You get out in the world, you take more s***. You climb a little higher, you take less s***. Till one day you’re up in the rarefied atmosphere and you’ve forgotten what s*** even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son.” Poetry.

Tom Murray29 September 2023 01:42


Emma Watson pays tribute

“You never took it too seriously but somehow delivered the most serious moments with all the gravitas,” the Hermione Granger star wrote on her Instagram Story. “Thank you for showing us what it looks like to wear greatness lightly. We will miss you.”

Emma Watson Instagram Story

(Emma Watson/Instagram)

Tom Murray29 September 2023 00:45


Gambon recalls story of his National Theatre Company audition in front of Laurence Olivier

The BBC archives has reshared a clip of Gambon recalling the time he auditioned for the National Theatre Company in front of Laurence Olivier.

Gambon recalled trying to impress the legendary actor with a rendition of Richard III; however, it ended in an unfortunate accident.

Tom Murray28 September 2023 23:50


Daniel Radcliffe releases statement

(From left) Michael Gambon, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman


Harry Potter’s lead star, Daniel Radcliffe, has shared a statement in response to Gambon’s passing.

The actor does not have a public social media account. Instead, he wrote in a tribute shared with Variety: “With the loss of Michael Gambon the world just became considerably less fun.

“Michael Gambon was one of the most brilliant, effortless actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with, but despite his immense talent, the thing I will remember most about him is how much fun he had doing his job. He was silly, irreverent and hilarious.

“He loved his job, but never seemed defined by it. He was an incredible story and joke teller and his habit of blurring the lines of fact and fiction when talking to journalists meant that he was also one of the most entertaining people with whom you could ever wish to do a press junket.

“The sixth film was where I got to spend the most time working with Michael and he made the hours spent in front of a green screen together more memorable and joyous than they had any right to be,” Radcliffe added. “I’m so sad to hear he has passed, but I am so grateful for the fact that I am one of the lucky people who got to work with him.”

Tom Murray28 September 2023 22:58


Dumbledore quotes remembered in light of Gambon’s passing

Many Harry Potter fans are sharing Dumbledore quotes on Twitter following the news of Michael Gambon’s death.

One popular clip depicts the scene where Dumbledore addresses the Great Hall, saying: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Tom Murray28 September 2023 21:20


Harry Potter cast tributes continue to roll in

Tom Murray28 September 2023 20:23


Bonnie Wright remembers being ‘in awe’ of Gambon’s presence

Bonnie Wright, who played Ginnie Weasley in the Harry Potter saga, has paid tribute to Gambon on Instagram.

“I was forever in awe of Michael’s presence and performance,” she wrote. “His deep mischievous voice between scenes would vibrate through the Great Hall. He was Dumbledore through and through a constant, warm and guiding figure. Rest in peace Michael. Sending love to your family.”

Tom Murray28 September 2023 19:30

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