Robbie Coltrane

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
Although an accomplished comic performer, Scottish-born actor Robbie Coltrane also delivered a number of superlative dramatic parts, perhaps none more acclaimed than his starring turn as the excessive and obsessive ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1950 in United Kingdom


Actor (81)

Effie Gray 2015 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)

Mr Jaggers (Actor)

Brave 2012 (Movie)

Lord Dingwall (Voice)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Lead Elf (Voice)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

Rubeus Hagrid (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Rubeus Hagrid (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

Rubeus Hagrid (Actor)

The Brothers Bloom 2009 (Movie)

Curator (Actor)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Gregory (Voice)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Rubeus Hagrid (Actor)

Provoked: A True Story 2007 (Movie)

Edward Foster (Actor)

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 (Movie)

Prime Minister (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Rubeus Hagrid (Actor)

Frasier 2004 (Tv Show)


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 (Movie)

Rubeus Hagrid (Actor)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

Matsui (Actor)

Pride 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Van Helsing 2004 (Movie)

Mr. Hyde (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 (Movie)

Hagrid the Giant (Actor)

From Hell 2001 (Movie)

Sergeant Peter Godley (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

Rubeus Hagrid (Actor)

On the Nose 2001 (Movie)

Brendan (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Frogs for Snakes 1999 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Message in A Bottle 1999 (Movie)

Charlie Toschi (Actor)

The World Is Not Enough 1999 (Movie)

Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky (Actor)

Buddy 1997 (Movie)

Dr Lintz (Actor)

Cracker: True Romance 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Cracker: White Ghost 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Cracker: Best Boys 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Cracker: Brotherly Love 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Cracker: Men Should Weep 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Cracker: The Big Crunch 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Cracker: To Be a Somebody 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

Valentin Zukovsky (Actor)

Cracker: One Day a Lemming Will Fly 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Cracker: The Mad Woman in the Attic 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Cracker: To Say I Love You 1993 (TV Show)


The Adventures of Huck Finn 1993 (Movie)

The Duke (Actor)

Tutti Frutti 1993 (Movie)

Danny McGlone (Actor)

Triple Bogey on a Par 5 Hole 1992 (Movie)

Steffano Baccardi (Actor)

Oh, What a Night 1991 (Movie)

Todd (Actor)

Perfectly Normal 1991 (Movie)

Alonzo Turner (Actor)

The Pope Must Diet 1991 (Movie)

Pope (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Blackadder's Christmas Carol 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Nuns on the Run 1990 (Movie)

Charlie McManus (Actor)

Thompson 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

Sid Trample (Actor)

Henry V 1989 (Movie)

Sir John Falstaff (Actor)

Lenny Live 1989 (Movie)


Let It Ride 1989 (Movie)

Ticket Seller (Actor)

Slipstream 1989 (Movie)

Montclaire (Actor)

The Fruit Machine 1989 (Movie)

Annabelle (Actor)

Eat the Rich 1988 (Movie)

Jeremy (Actor)

Loose Connections 1988 (Movie)

Drunk (Actor)

The Supergrass 1988 (Movie)

Troy (Actor)

Midnight Breaks 1987 (Movie)


The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)


Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

Caravaggio 1986 (Movie)

Cardinal Borghese (Actor)

Defence of the Realm 1986 (Movie)

Leo McAskey (Actor)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

The Strike 1986 (Movie)

Goldie/Dutch/Celebrity (Actor)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Man In The Bathroom (Actor)

Revolution 1985 (Movie)

New York Burgher (Actor)

Chinese Boxes 1984 (Movie)

Harwood (Actor)

Britannia Hospital 1983 (Movie)

Picket (Actor)

Ghost Dance 1982 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Krull 1982 (Movie)

Rhum (Actor)

Scrubbers 1981 (Movie)

Puff Guts (Actor)

Subway Riders 1981 (Movie)

Detective Fritz Langley (Actor)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)


Flash Gordon 1980 (Movie)

Man at Airfield (Actor)

Alive and Kicking (Movie)

Liam Kane (Actor)

Cracker: A New Terror (TV Show)


Montana (TV Show)


The Ebb-Tide (TV Show)


The Gruffalo (TV Show)


The Legend of Lochnagar (TV Show)



Although an accomplished comic performer, Scottish-born actor Robbie Coltrane also delivered a number of superlative dramatic parts, perhaps none more acclaimed than his starring turn as the excessive and obsessive forensic psychologist in the British series "Cracker" (BBC, 1993-96; 2006). Prior to winning awards for portraying the hard-drinking and womanizing investigator, Coltrane staked his claim in outlandish and irreverent comedies like "Nuns on the Run" (1990) and "The Pope Must Die" (1991), both of which featured slapstick physical comedy atop subtle digs at the Catholic Church. He was equally adept in dramatic turns, ably playing Russian gangsters in two James Bond installments, "Goldeneye" (1995) and "The World Is Not Enough" (1999), while portraying a dogged Scotland Yard detective opposite Johnny Depp in "From Hell" (2001). But it was his sweet-natured turn as the bumbling, angry and fiercely loyal Hagrid in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) - and all of the subsequent sequels - that propelled the multifaceted Coltrane into the international spotlight and introduced the talented performer to a new generation of fans.


Alice Coltrane

Born c. 1998 mother, Rhona Gemmell

Spencer Coltrane

Born c. 1992 mother, Rhona Gemmell had a bit role in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001)

Rhona Gemmell

Met on Christmas Eve in 1988 married on December 11, 1999 mother of Coltrane's two children separated in April 2003

Ian McMillan

Was a general practitioner also served as a forensic police surgeon died of lung cancer when Coltrane was in his teens

Annie McMillan


Jane McMillan

Younger sister died of an overdose at age 21 in 1976

Robin Paine

Together from 1972-1987

Jean Ross



Glasgow School of Art

Earned diploma

Glenalmond College

Moray House School of Education

Attended for one year



Joined all-star ensemble in "Ocean's Twelve"


Voiced Lord Dingwall in Disney Pixar animated feature "Brave"


Made final appearances as Hagrid in the seventh feature installment of the Harry Potter franchise, released in two parts "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"


Reprised role of Hagrid for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in the fantasy series directed by David Yates


Cast opposite Miranda Richardson and Aishwarya Rai in "Provoked"


Reprised the role of Hagrid in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," adapted from the fifth book in the fantasy series


Cast in the feature adaptation of "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker," the first novel in the Alex Rider series


Reprised the role of Hagrid in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth book in the fantasy series directed by Mike Newell


Reprised the role of Hagrid in the third installment of the Harry Potter series "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"


Reprised Hagrid in the sequel "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"


Appeared as a Scottish detective tracking Jack the Ripper in "From Hell"


Played the giant groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"; adapted from the first novel of the best-selling fantasy series by J.K. Rowling


Cast as Tweedledum to George Wendt's Tweedledee in the NBC TV-movie "Alice in Wonderland"


Reprised role as Russian gangster for his second Bond film "The World Is Not Enough"


Starred as the ship's captain in "The Ebb-Tide" (A&E)


Featured as Barbara Hershey's ex-husband in the quirky "Frogs for Snakes"; re-teamed with Amos Poe


Portrayed the husband of an eccentric woman who raises a gorilla in "Buddy"


Headlined the British TV special "Coltrane's Planes and Automobiles"


Featured as a Russian gangster in the James Bond film "GoldenEye"


Teamed with Jason Robards (as the Duke and the King) in a remake of "The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn"


Starred in the British TV special "Coltrane in a Cadillac"


Starred in British crime series "Cracker" (shown in the US on A&E)


Portrayed an unlikely pontiff in the screen comedy "The Pope Must Die/The Pope Must Diet"


Co-starred with Eric Idle in "Nuns on the Run"


Co-wrote a sketch and made guest appearances on Emma Thompson's BBC variety series "Thompson" (aired in the U.S. on PBS)


Headlined the London Weekend Television program "The Robbie Coltrane Special"


Played Sir John Falstaff in Kenneth Branagh's "Hervy V"


Starred opposite Emma Thompson on the BBC series "Tutti Frutti"; an edited version was released theatrically


Had stage triumph in "Yr. Obedient Servant," a one-man show about Dr. Samuel Johnson


Portrayed Bob Hoskins' mechanic friend Thomas in "Mona Lisa"


Cast as a cardinal in Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio"


Co-starred in "The Supergrass," a crime comedy drawn from characters from "The Comic Strip Presents"


Appeared with Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie. and Stephen Fry on the comedy sketch show "Alfresco" (ITV)


Landed featured role in the sci-fi film "Krull"


Gained notice for appearing on the British show "The Comic Strip Presents"; also wrote and directed sketches


Featured in Amos Poe's "Subway Riders" as Detective Fritz Langley


Appeared as a gay hairdresser on the British series "Metal Mickey" (ITV)


Made screen acting debut in Bernard Tavernier's "La Mort en Direct/Deathwatch"


Produced and directed the 50-minute documentary "Young Mental Health"


Adopted stage surname of "Coltrane" after the jazz musician John Coltrane


Made stage debut in a school production of Shakespeare's "Henry V"

Began appearing in nightclubs as a stand-up comic

Raised in the Glasgow, Scotland area

Worked with various theater companies such as San Quentin Theatre Group, The Bush Theatre and Traverse Theatre

Decided to attend art school after visiting his older sister and getting on with her friends

While appearing at Traverse Theatre, was befriended by playwright John Byrne; acted in Byrne's "The Slab Boys" and "Cuttin' the Rug"

Bonus Trivia


"There is a kind of recklessness about Glasgow which I find missing in a lot of places. Actually, this is why I feel at home [in New York]. It's that same sort of, 'Oh, what the hell! Come on, let's have a drink, what's the matter with you!' I love that." – Coltrane quoted in TV Guide, Aug. 3, 1996


"I'm a big fan of Richard Harris. I once did a chat show with him. It turned out to be about hell-raisers. A hell-raiser is basically an alcoholic heterosexual, so I qualified. I didn't realize that was the subtext. I thought how flattering, to be on with such big stars." – Coltrane to The London Times magazine, Oct. 7, 2001


"I've been lucky. I think if I lost weight, I'd have a face like Mick Jagger's. You could run a bicycle down my cheeks and it wouldn't move. Don't they say you can get a good face or a good ass but not both?" – Coltrane quoted in The London Times magazine, Oct. 7, 2001


On celebrity and the media, Coltrane told The London Times magazine (Oct. 7, 2001): "The celebrity circuit has never been too attractive to me. You're thrown into a room with 300 other people, one of whom once did a chocolate ad, one presented a children's programme, one murdered his mother. You think, what are we supposed to have in common? You stand there with a drink, people throw Elle Macpherson at you and have photographs taken, and flog them to people who imagine you're having a wonderful life."Of course, you should be wary of the sort of attention you attract, because it doesn't stop. People are so unembarrassed about being intrusive. They see you sitting there with your friends, having a quiet time, and they come up and go, 'Oi, you. Robbie. Eh.' You wouldn't do that. would you?"


He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.