Robbie Coltrane Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 28 Oct, 2021
Facts of Robbie Coltrane
Date of Birth: 1950 , March-30
Age: 71 years old
Birth Nation: England
Height: 6 Feet
Name Robbie Coltrane
Birth Name Anthony Robert McMillan
Father Ian Baxter McMillan
Mother Jean Ross Howie
Nationality Scotish
Birth Place/City Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Profession Actor, Author, Comedian and Producer.
Net Worth $4 million
Movies Ocean's Twelve, Stormbreaker, Great Expectations, Effie and Harry Potter movie franchise
Sisters Annie McMillan and Jane McMillan
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Robbie Coltrane is a Scotish actor, writer, author and voice actor popular for his role in the Harry Potter movie franchise where he portrayed the character Rubeus Hagrid. He debuted in the entertainment industry in 1979 appearing in an episode of television series Play For Today. Coltrane was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire and the 2006 New Year Honours for his contributions to the drama world. 

Early Life And Education Of Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan to parents Jean Ross Howie and Ian Baxter McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. His father Ian was forensic police surgeon while his mother Jean was a teacher and a pianist. Coltrane lost his father when he was 19 which affected him deeply as he said it was the time when he neede his dad the most.

He grew up with his older and younger sister,  Annie McMillan and Jane McMillan. His grandfather,  Thomas W. Howie was a Scottish businessman and his uncle, Forbes Howie is also a businessman.

He attended Glenalmond College in Perthshire where he played rugby First XV and even won many debates and art prizes. Later on, he decided to enroll at the Glasgow School of Art. He graduated from Moray House College of Education which is the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Robbie Coltrane's Career

Coltrane debuted in the entertainment industry in 1979 making a cameo in an episode of television series Play For Today. It was in his early 20s that he stepped in the acting field and kept a stage name for himself. He chose the name Coltrane to give tribute to John Coltrane who was a jazz saxophonist.  His career was rising up and he was cast in several movies and Television series as his first debut movie was Flash Gordon where he portrayed a man at Air Field.

Eventually, he started appearing in uncountable movies like Ocean's Twelve, Stormbreaker, Great Expectations, Effie and many more. His big breakthrough came after being cast in the Harry Potter movie franchise, portrayed the role of Rubeus HagridAs for television, he was seen playing different roles in Tutti Frutti, Cracker, Still Game, and National Treasure among others.

He voiced the character of The Gruffalo in the 2009 animated film The Gruffalo and in 2015 again voiced the same character in the television movie The Gruffalo's Child.  Coltrane voiced the character Mr. Hyde in the popular Van Helsing movies.

In 2016, he hosted the Robbie Coltrane Critical Evidence.  Coltrane has won some awards and has been nominated for his cast in various movies and TV films. He even wrote an autobiography named Coltrane in a Cadillac. Here are some of his awards and nominations.

Year Movie Award Category
1992 Oh, What a Night Genie Award  Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. ( Nominated)





British Academy Television Award

Broadcasting Press Guild Award

Royal Television Society Award

Best Actor ( Won)
2001 Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone BAFTA Award  Best Actor in a Supporting Role. ( Nominated)
2002 Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Acting.          ( Nominated)  
2016 National Treasure British Academy Television Award Best Actor( Nominated)

Robbie Coltrane's Net Worth

Robbie Coltrane has an estimated net worth of $4 million. He earned his million dollar fortune by being cast in various movies and television series. He is paid a decent salary for appearing in television shows and lives in a converted farmhouse in Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK. 

Year Movie IMDb Box office collection Cast Members
1999 Message in a Bottle 6.2/10 $118 million Robin Wright Penn, John Savage and Illeana Douglas
2001 Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone 7.6/10 $974.8 million Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.
2004 Ocean's Twelve 6.5/10 $363 million George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 7.7/10 $960.3 million Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter and Bonnie Wright

Robbie Coltrane's Personal Life

Coltrane was married to sculptor Rhena Gemmell and they have two children together. They first met at a pub when his former wife was just 18. The couple married on December 11, 1999, and delivered their first child Spencer in 1992. Their second born was a daughter named Alice, born in 1998.  The couple decided to separate in 2003 and officially divorced later on. 

He was suffering from osteoarthritis and there weren't any cartilage left in one of his knees. Coltrane is medically very weak and often is diagnosed with an illness. He talks about loving movies that are faster since he feels everything is focused and brighter in those movies.

Coltrane wants to become a director and an executive producer as in those jobs one can make executive decisions and make others work. His hobbies include reading books and collecting and rebuilding vintage cars. Coltrane stands 6' feet and was the first one to be selected for the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rowling.

Here is a an interview with Robbie Coltrane.


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