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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 October 1925Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Birth NameTimothy Sydney Robert Hardy
Nickname Tim
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of England's most enduringly successful character actors, Robert Hardy is noted for his versatility and depth. Born in Cheltenham in 1925, he studied at Oxford University and, in 1949, he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. Television viewers most fondly remember him as the overbearing Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (1978) but his most critically acclaimed performance was as the title character of Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981). His portrayal of Britain's wartime leader was so accurately observed that, in the following years, he was called on to reprise the role in such productions as The Woman He Loved (1988) and War and Remembrance (1988).

Unlike some British character actors, Hardy has never been recognized by Hollywood and his work in films has therefore been restricted to appearances in predominantly British-based productions such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). He has been awarded the CBE for services to acting.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (2)

Sally Pearson (1961 - 1986) (divorced) (2 children)
Elizabeth Fox (1952 - 1956) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (13)

His ex-wife, Sally Pearson, is Gladys Cooper's daughter.
He became an expert on the longbow when he played Henry V at Stratford. He became a longbow/weapons consultant for the Mary Rose Trust when that 16th c. warship was recovered at Portsmouth, England, UK.
Was a good friend of actor Richard Burton.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
Spoke at the funeral of James Herriot. Herriot was the pseudonym of Alf Wight (due to legal requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and Hardy and Wight became close friends over the years of the All Creatures Great and Small (1978) series, adapted from Wight's books.
He is one of the patrons of the Wensleydale Railway, a group that has been set up to re-open the mainly derelict line between Northallerton and Garsdale in Yorkshire, because of his connection with the area from when he played Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (1978).
Has played British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in five separate films (Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), The Woman He Loved (1988), War and Remembrance (1988), "Bomber Harris" (1989) (TV), Agatha Christie's Marple: The Sittaford Mystery (2006)) as well as the fictitious Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter series. He has also twice played Winston Churchill's World War II ally and friend, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Father of three children: Son, Paul Hardy, from his first marriage, daughters Emma Hardy (actress and photographer) and Justine Hardy (journalist and author) from his second marriage. Grandfather of four.
One of two actors to play Winston Churchill in several movies. The second was Timothy Spall, who played the role in Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) and The King's Speech (2010). The latter concerned itself with King George VI's speech problems, and with the scandal involving his brother Edwards VIII's relationship with a married American woman. Hardy has been in two films about this period: The Woman He Loved (1988) and Bertie and Elizabeth (2002), playing Franklin Roosevelt in the latter. He and Spall both appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
Hardy has revealed he was written out of the Harry Potter films because he became too expensive to insure due to his age.
On the list possibles for Dr.Fendelman in Doctor Who: Image of The Fendahl (1977).
On the list of possibles for Captain Rorvik in Doctor Who: Warriors' Gate (1981).
In the running for roles of Dr.Armstrong and Sir Percy in Lifeforce (1985).

Personal Quotes (2)

Playing villains is half the fun, and you may not be an absolute villain yourself, but finding something in the villain, the horrid creature, that you enjoy.
I was kicked out in the end because I was just too expensive. It was great fun while it lasted, the boys and girls were all absolutely splendid. I had a ball fooling around with old friends like Maggie Smith. Thanks to those films I get the most extraordinary amount of fan mail from all over the world, even China. (On his role as Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter)

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