Video Obituary for Robert Hardy who Died 3 August 2017.

Born: 29 October 1925, Died: 3 August 2017

Robert Hardy was a mainstay of British television since the 1950s. I personally came to love him through the wonderful series All Creatures Great and Small which ran from 1978 to 1990. Robert Hardy played the eccentric but brilliant veterinarian Siegfried Farnon who became  James Herriot’s mentor and dear friend.

I personally have seen very few of the Harry Potter series of films but I believed he brilliantly played the character of Cornelius Fudge.

He appeared in many great TV series and films through the years. My personal favourite Robert Hardy characters are as Winston Churchill in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years; Russell Spam in Hot Metal; Arthur Brooke in Middlemarch and Sir James Caird in Shackleton.

It was no surprise that a great character actor like Robert Hardy was asked to appear in a Morse episode, Twilight of the Gods (Series 7, episode 3). In that episode he played the belligerent, ego maniac Andrew Baydon. In the Lewis series he appears as the much more lovable character Sir Arnold Raeburn in the episode Dark Matter (Series 4, episode 2).

Below is a short video of some of his scenes from the two above mentioned series. The scenes contain spoilers.

Author: Chris Sullivan

After having looked after my mum for some 11 years she is now unfortunately in a nursing home. I'm afraid her dementia worsened as did her physical capabilities. UPDATE: My mum died from Covid-19 on the 6th May 2020. So, for the first time in 21 years I find myself no longer caring for anyone. Apart from my mum I was also a single parent to two children and also looked after my dad who had Alzheimers, (he died in 2005). So, I have decided to return to University to try and get another degree this time in English Literature. (My other degree I got some 30 years ago is one in Ecological Science). After a year at college I have passed all grades and now will start Edinburgh University in September 2019. I am now in second year having passed all the requirements in first year.

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  1. Thank you so much Chris -now I know so much more about this actor. I am one of the few people who never got into the Harry Potter movies- saw only one with my niece.. He had such a good degree of acting experience..

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