The astounding thespian, who portrayed Sir Winston Churchill in six separate feature films, was perhaps best known for his role as the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, in the Harry Potter films.
Born in 1925, Hardy served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and was at Oxford University with fellow actor Richard Burton.
His family released a statement, remembering him as “gruff, elegant, twinkly and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him, and everyone who enjoyed his work”.
“He was a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well as a highly-respected historian, and a leading specialist on the longbow.”
Hardy is survived by his three children, Paul, Justine, and Emma.
Source: The Guardian