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Remembering the international celebrities who died in 2022

The world lost trailblazers, pioneers and giants this year from many walks of life. 

Take a look back at the international stars who died in 2022.

Robbie Coltrane, beloved Harry Potter actor

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Robbie Coltrane in 2011.(AP: Jonathan Short)

Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor who played the half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, died in October aged 72

Born Anthony Robert McMillan, Coltrane chose his stage name as a tribute to the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. His family said he had been “unwell for some time” before he died.

During his 40-year career Coltrane starred as a detective in the crime series Cracker, a former KGB agent in two James Bond films and, alongside Monty Python’s Eric Idle, a gangster who disguises himself as a nun in Nuns on the Run.

But he was most loved for his performances as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter, a film series based on the popular books by author JK Rowling. Coltrane appeared in all eight Harry Potter movies as the groundskeeper at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — for which his agent said he received a “stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years”. 

Angela Lansbury, star of stage, film and Murder, She Wrote

Angela Lansbury poses for a portrait.
Angela Lansbury in 2014.(AP: Casey Curry/Invision)

Best known for playing Jessica Fletcher in the TV series Murder, She Wrote, British actor Angela Lansbury died in October, aged 96, five days before her 97th birthday.


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