Robbie Coltrane Biography, Career, Family, Spouse and Net Worth

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 Who is Robbie Coltrane?

Anthony Robert McMillan famously known as Robbie Coltrane was a Scottish professional actor and comedian. Robbie earned worldwide popularity as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series (2001-2011), and as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond movies GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He was then appointed an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honors by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama. In 1990, he earned the Evening Standard British Film Award-Peter Sellers Award for Comedy. Coltrane was honored for his ”outstanding contribution” to film at the British Academy Scotland Awards in 2011.


He began his career appearing with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson in the sketch series Alfresco (1983-1984). In 1987, Robbie starred in the BBC miniseries Tutti Frutti together with Thompson, for which he earned his first British Academy Television Award for Best Actor nomination. He then gained national popularity starring as criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie ”Fitz Fitzgerald in the ITV television series Cracker (1993-2006), a role which saw him earn the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for three years in a row (1994-1996). Coltrane later in 2006 came 11th in ITV’s poll of TV’s 50 Greatest Stars, voted by the public. He then starred in the four-part Channel 4 series National Treasure together with Julie Walters in 2016, a role for which he earned a British Academy Television Award nomination.

He then appeared in 2 movies for George Harrison’s Handmade Films: the Neil Jordan noe-noir Mona Lisa (1986) alongside Bob Hoskins and Nuns on the Run alongside Eric Idle. Robbie also appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptation Henry V (1989), the comedy Let It Ride (1989), and Roald Dahl’s Danny, the Champion of the World (1989). As well as Steven Soderbergh’s crime-comedy thriller Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Rian Johnson’s caper movie The Brothers Bloom (2008), Mike Newell’s Dickens film version Great Expectations (2012), and Emma Thompson’s biographical movie Effie Gray (2014). Coltrane was also famous for his voice performances in the animated movies The Tale of Despereaux (2008), and Pixar’s Brave (2012).

Robbie Coltrane Career

Coltrane shifted to acting in his early 20s, adopting the stage name Coltrane (in tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane) and serving in theatre and comedy. He then appeared in the first stage production of John Byrne’s The Slab Boys, at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh (1978). Coltrane’s comedic abilities brought him roles in The Comic Strip Presents (1982-2012) series (in 1993 he directed and co-wrote the episode ”Jealousy for series 5), and the comedy sketch program Alfresco (1983-1984). Coltrane appeared in A Kick Up the Eighties (Series 2) and Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee and is praised as a writer for both.


He then moved into roles in movies including Flash Gordon (1980), Death Watch (1980), Balham, Gateway to the South (1981), and Scrubbers (1983). As well as Ktull (1983), The Supergrass (1985), Defence of the Realm (1985), Absolute Beginners (1986), Mona Lisa (1986), and also appeared as ”Annabelle” in The Fruit Machine (1988).

On television, Robbie appeared in The Young Ones, Tutti Frutti (1987), as Samuel Johnson in Blackadder the Third (1987) (a role he then reprised in the more serious Boswell and Johnson’s Tour of the Western Islands (1993)). As well as LWT’s The Robbie Coltrane Special (1989, which he also co-wrote), and in other stand-up and sketch comedy shows. Coltrane played the part of Falstaff in Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V (1989). The same year he starred alongside Jeremy Irons in the television film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Danny, the Champion of the World. He also co-starred alongside Eric Idle in Nuns on the Run (1990) and played the Pope in The Pope Must Die (1991).

A photo of Robbie Coltrane

A photo of Robbie Coltrane

How old is Robbie Coltrane?

Anthony Robert McMillan died from osteoarthritis at the age of 72, on October 14, 2022, in Larbert, Scotland. He was born on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, Scotland, and shared his birthday with famous people including Brooke Barry, Celine Dion, Noah Jay Wood, Piers Morgan, Eric Clapton, Sergio Ramos, Paul Reiser, Jerry Lucas, Tracy Chapman, Thomas Rhett, Richard Sherman, Rupert Evans, and Cassie Scerbo, among others.

Robbie Coltrane Family

Who are Robbie Coltrane’s parents?

Anthony Robert McMillan was born in Rutherglen to his parents, Ian Baxter McMillan and Jean Ross Howie. His father was a GP who served as a forensic police surgeon, while his mother was a teacher and pianist. Robbie was the great-grandson of Scottish businessman Thomas W. Howie and nephew of businessman Forbes Howie.

Does Robbie Coltrane have siblings?

Coltrane was born into a family of 3 children as the only son. He has two siblings, an older sister Annie McMillan and a younger sister Jane McMillan.

Robbie Coltrane Education

Coltrane attended school at Belmont House School in Newton Mearns. He then transferred to Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perthshire. Here he says he had deeply unhappy experiences but took part in the rugby First XV, was the head of the school’s debating society and earned prizes for his art. Coltrane then studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art.

Robbie Coltrane Interests

Coltrane was against private schools and called for them to be banned and used to be referred to as ”Red Robbie”, rebelling against the conservative upbringing through involvement with Amnesty International, the Labour Party, Greenpeace, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Robbie Coltrane Spouse

Coltrane was single at the time of his death but was previously married and had a family. He met Rhona Gemmell in the late 1980s and they later married in 1999. They had two children before they separated in 2003 and later divorced.

Robbie Coltrane Children

Coltrane had two children at the time of his death with his ex-wife Gemmell. He has a son Spencer McMillan, born in 1992, and a daughter Alice, born in 1998.

Robbie Coltrane Height

Coltrane had a well-built, energetic, and physically fit body adding up to an impressive height of 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and a weight of 127 kg (280 lbs).


Coltrane played a would-be private detective obsessed with Humphrey Bogart in the TV movie The Bogie Man (1992). His roles went on in the 1990s with the TV series Cracker (1993-1996, returning in 2006 for a one-off special), in which he starred as forensic psychologist Dr. Edward ”Fitz” Fitzgerald. The role earned him three BAFTA awards. This was followed by roles in bigger movies such as the James Bond movies GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999), a supporting role in From Hell (2001), and half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films (2001-2011). J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, had him at the top of her list to play Hagrid and, when asked whom she would like to see in the role, answered ”Robbie Coltrane for Hagrid” in one quick breath.

Robbie also presented a number of documentary shows for the British ITV network based around his twin passions for travel and transportation. Coltrane in a Cadillac (1993) saw him cross North America from Los Angeles to New York City behind the wheel of a 1951 Cadillac Series 62 coupe convertible, a journey of 3,765 miles (6,059 km) which he finished in 32 days. He then appeared in a series of 6 programs under the title Coltrane’s Planes and Automobiles, in which he extolled the virtues of the steam engine, the diesel engine, the V8 engine, the two-stroke engine, the supercharger, and the jet engine. In these shows, Robbie dismantled and rebuilt several engines. Coltrane also single-handedly removed the engine from a Trabant car in 23 minutes.


He was voted No. 11 in ITV’s TV’s 50 Greatest Stars and 6th in a poll of 2000 adults across the UK to find the ‘most famous Scot,’ behind the Loch Ness Monster, Robert Burns, Robert the Bruce, Sean Connery, and William Wallace in September 2006. In August 2007, he presented a series for ITV titled B-Road Britain, in which he traveled from London to Glasgow, stopping in towns and villages along the way. He then voiced characters in various animated movies such as The Tale of Despereaux (2008) Pixar’s Barve (2012) and the title roles of Gooby and The Gruffalo (both 2009).

In 2016, he starred in National Treasure, a four-part drama in which he portrayed a former comedian accused of historic sexual offenses. Coltrane was then nominated for Best Actor at the 2017 British Academy Television Awards and won in the category at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

Illness and death

Robbie suffered from osteoarthritis in his later life. Coltrane stated he was in ”constant pain all day” in 2016, and from 2019 on he employed a wheelchair. He then died at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, on October 14, 2022, at the age of 72. He had been sick for two years before his demise.

Robbie Coltrane Net Worth

Scottish actor, comedian, and writer McMillan was active in his professions from 1978 to 2022, having appeared in numerous shows and films. He has starred, written, and presented numerous shows and films and had garnered an estimated net worth of approximately $4 million as of his death in 2022.


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Flash Gordon Man at airfield
Death Watch Limousine Driver
1981 Subway Riders Crime Detective
1982 Britannia Hospital Striking worker on picket line Cameo role
1983 Ghost Dance George
Krull Rhun
1984 Chinese Boxes Harwood
1985 National Lampoon’s European Vacation Man in bathroom
The Supergrass Det. Sgt. Troy
Defence of the Realm Leo McAskey
1986 Caravaggio Scipione
Absolute Beginners Mario
Mona Lisa Thomas
1987 Eat the Rich Jeremy
1988 The Fruit Machine Annabelle
1989 Henry V Falstaff
Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool Sid Trample
Let It Ride Ticket Seller
Danny, the Champion of the World Victor Hazell
Slipstream Montclaire
1990 Midnight Breaks Hudge
Nuns on the Run Charlie McManus
Sister Inviolata
Perfectly Normal Alonzo Turner
1991 The Pope Must Die The Pope
Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole Steffano Baccardi
1992 Oh, What a Night Todd
1993 Boswell & Johnson’s Tour of the Western Isles Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Adventures of Huck Finn Duke
1995 GoldenEye Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
1997 Buddy Dr. Bill Lintz
1998 Frogs for Snakes Al Santana
Montana The Boss
1999 The World Is Not Enough Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Message in a Bottle Charlie Toschi
2001 On the Nose Delaney
From Hell Sergeant Peter Godley
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rubeus Hagrid
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Ocean’s Twelve Matsui
Van Helsing: The London Assignment Mr. Hyde Voice role
Van Helsing
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rubeus Hagrid
2006 Stormbreaker The Prime Minister
Provoked Lord Edward Foster
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Rubeus Hagrid
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Gregory Voice role
The Brothers Bloom The Curator
2009 Gooby Gooby Voice role
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Rubeus Hagrid
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2012 Brave Lord Dingwall Voice role
Great Expectations Mr. Jaggers
2014 Effie Gray Doctor


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Play for Today Jimmie “Waterloo Sunset”
1980 The Lost Tribe Border Post Guard “Keep Us Alive”
1981 Metal Mickey Jason “Mickey the Demon Barber”
Keep It in the Family Mr. Conway “A Matter of Principle”
1982 Sin on Saturday Himself 2 episodes: “Lust”, “Covetousness”
The Young Ones Slobber Season 1, episode 2: “Oil”
1982–2012 The Comic Strip Presents… Various roles Series 1–5; Special: “Five Go Mad in Dorset”
Director & co-writer – Episode: “Jealousy” (1993)
1983 Are You Being Served C.B. Voice Voice; Episode: “Calling All Customers”
Alfresco Various roles 13 episodes
1984 A Kick Up the Eighties Various roles Replaced Richard Stilgoe. Writer credits.
Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee Various roles Writer credits.
The Young Ones Dr Carlisle /
Captain Blood
Season 2, episode 1: “Bambi” & episode 4: “Time”
1987 Blackadder the Third Samuel Johnson Episode 2: “Ink and Incapability”
Tutti Frutti Danny McGlone 6 episodes
1988 Friday Night Live Various roles
“Uncle Don Corleone”
Show 6
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol The Spirit of Christmas Christmas special
1989 The Robbie Coltrane Special Himself LWT comedy special; co-writer
1991 Screen One Psychiatrist Liam Kane Episode: “Alive and Kicking”
1992 The Bogie Man Francis Forbes Clunie TV film
1993 The Legend of Lochnagar The old man Television film, voice role
Coltrane in a Cadillac Himself 4-part documentary
1993–2006 Cracker Dr. Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald 25 episodes
1997 Coltrane’s Planes and Automobiles Himself 6-part documentary
1998 The Ebb-Tide Capt. Chisholm TV film
1999 Alice in Wonderland Ned Tweedledum Television movie
2003 The Planman Jack Lennox QC
2004 Pride James Television film, voice
Frasier Michael Moon Episode: “Goodnight, Seattle”
2005 Still Game Davie Series 4, episode 3: “Dial-A-Bus”
2006 Cracker: Nine Eleven Dr. Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald Television film
2007 Robbie Coltrane – B Road Britain Himself TV documentary
2009 Murderland D.I. Douglas Hain 3-part TV drama
The Gruffalo The Gruffalo Short film; voice role
2011 Lead Balloon Donald Series 4, episode 4: “Off”
Series 4, episode 5: “Blade”
50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments Himself Narrator
The Gruffalo’s Child The Gruffalo Voice; Short
2013 The Many Faces of Robbie Coltrane Himself TV documentary
2016 National Treasure Paul Finchley 4-part TV drama
2016–18 Robbie Coltrane Critical Evidence Host True crime, non-fiction
2020 Urban Myths Orson Welles 1 episode
2022 Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts Himself HBO Max special