Some very sad news today at the announcement that beloved English actor Robert Hardy, best known for his roles as Winston Churchill and Siegfried Farnon, has passed away at the age of 91.
Robert Hardy’s career started in the 50’s and he soon proved himself to be an incredibly versatile actor, playing many roles with great success. Later he became a household name in his role as the irritable but good natured vet Siegfried Farnon in the BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small series and from his multiple excellent portrayals as Winston Churchill although younger generations will remember him for his outstanding portrayal of Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.
Besides his love for stage and screen, Robert Hardy was a keen military historian who loved the longbow and played a large role in raising the Tudor warship, The Mary Rose.
“It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Hardy CBE today announced his death, following a tremendous life: a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years,” read a statement released by his family.
“Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”
Despite his long and varied career, for many people he will always be fondly remembered as Siegfried Farnon.