Harry Potter Actor Sir Michael Gambon Has Died

Sir Michael Gambon Dead: The Harry Potter star has sadly died aged 82.
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures & Alamy

Sir Michael Gambon has sadly died aged 82.

Gambon was an Irish-English actor who was best known for playing Dumbledore in six of the Harry Potter films – having taken over the role from Richard Harris.

He also starred in Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech and Amazing Grace.

Tragically, it has been confirmed that Gambon has passed away.

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The actor died peacefully in hospital ‘following a bout of pneumonia’, according to his family.

In a statement issued by publicist Clair Dobbs on behalf of the actor’s wife Lady Gambon and son Fergus Gambon, it reads: “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon.

“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82.

“We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”

Gambon’s acting career started over 60 years ago when he made his debut in a stage production of Othello – which would be the first of many Shakespeare stage productions he starred in.

He would go on to be one of the original members of the Royal National Theatre alongside Laurence Olivier.

The film adaptation of Othello (1965) was also the first film he starred in and he would go on to star in movies such as Gosford Park, Sleepy Hollow, Layer Cake as well as the Paddington films.

Michael Gambon as Dumbledore.
Harry Potter star Sir Michael Gambon has passed away aged 82. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Gambon was also a decorated actor and won a number of awards across his six-decade-long career – including four BAFTAs, a Tony and two Emmys.

However, most people will best know him as playing the Hogwarts headmaster Professor Albus Dumbledore.

After Richard Harris’ passing, Gambon took over the iconic role in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and played the character for the rest of the franchise.

Many people have taken to social media to react to the sad news of Gambon’s passing.

Jeremy Clarkson posted on X (formerly known as Twitter): “I’m so sad to hear that Michael Gambon has died. He was hugely amusing, and such a tremendous guest, we even named a corner after him.”

Someone else adds: “I was very young when the first 2 Harry Potter films were released so more or less grew up with Michael Gambon as Dumbledore.

“I watch all the Harry Potter films at least once a year and now, they’ll feel so different.”

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A third writes: “Michael Gambon will live on in the hearts and the memories of every single person whose childhoods he lit up by his brilliant portrayal of Albus Dumbledore.”

“Rest in peace king,” says a fourth fan.

Another person pens: “RIP Professor Dumbledore. Sad news, condolences to his family and friends at this sad time. I will always remember his role in Harry Potter.

“Was a great part of my childhood. He might be gone but his character will live on forever. Thanks and rest in peace.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.