Robbie Coltrane Biography (1950-)

Original name, Robin McMillan (some sources cite name as Anthony Robert McMillan); born March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, Scotland; son of Ian Baxter McMillan (a general practitioner and forensic police surgeon) and Jean McMillan Ross(a teacher; maiden name, Howie); married Rhona Gemmell (a sculptor), December 11, 1999; children: Spencer, Alice. Addresses: Agent: William MorrisAgency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actor, stand–up comedian, writer
Birth Details
March 30, 1950
Rutherglen, Scotland

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Various roles, Alfresco (also known as There's Nothing to WorryAbout!), Granada Television, 1982-1983
  • Various roles, Laugh? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee, [Great Britain], beginning 1984
  • Danny McGlone ("The Big Jazza"), Tutti Frutti, BBC, 1987, later the basis for a feature film
  • Himself, Coltrane in a Cadillac, Independent Television, 1993
  • Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, Cracker, Granada Television, 1993-1997, Arts and Entertainment, 1994-1997, individual episodes also broadcast as television movies
  • Silver Nymph, c. 1994
  • Himself, Coltrane's Planes and Automobiles, [Great Britain], 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Mistero Buffo, BBC, 1990
  • Ned Tweedledum, Alice in Wonderland, NBC, 1999
  • Movies
  • Mick, Kevin Turvey: The Man behind the Green Door, BBC, 1982
  • Liam Kane, "Alive and Kicking," Screen One, BBC, 1991
  • The boss, Montana (also known as Nothing Personal), HBO, 1998
  • Captain Chisholm, The Ebb-Tide, Granada Television and Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Specials
  • Himself, Hysteria 2!, 1989
  • The Spirit of Christmas, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, BBC, 1988,Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • A Night of Comic Relief 2, 1989
  • The Robbie Coltrane Special, London Weekend Television, 1989
  • The Secret Policemen's Biggest Ball, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Voice of the Old Man of Lochnagar, "The Legend of Lochnagar," ABC Weekend Specials, ABC, 1993
  • Comic Relief: Red Nose Day 3: The Stonker, Channel 4, 1991
  • Host, Tribute to Tracy, TNT, 1995
  • Himself (in archive footage), Alright on the Night's Cockup Trip,1997
  • Himself, The End of the Year Show, 1998
  • Himself, Jerry Springer on Sunday, 1999
  • Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald (in archive footage), The 100 Greatest TVCharacters, Channel 4, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Hairdresser, Metal Mickey, London Weekend Television, 1980
  • Ozzie, "Some Enchanted Evening," Keep It in the Family, Thames Television, 1980
  • Mr. Conway, "A Matter of Principle," Keep It in the Family, ThamesTelevision, 1981
  • A Kick up the Eighties, [Great Britain], 1981
  • Bouncer, "Oil," The Young Ones, BBC-2, 1982
  • Gypsy and a shopkeeper, "Five Go Mad in Dorset," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1982
  • Desmond, "Summer School," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1983
  • Kurt, "The Beat Generation," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4,1983
  • Mother, "Five Go Mad on Mescaline," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1983
  • "War," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1983
  • Captain Blood, "Time," The Young Ones, BBC-2, 1984
  • Chief of police, "Dirty Movie," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel4, 1984
  • Commander Jackson, "The Bullshitters: Roll out the Gunbarrel," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1984
  • Dr. Carlisle, "Bambi," The Young Ones, BBC-2, 1984
  • Gerald, "Susie," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1984
  • Max, "Gino: Full Story and Pics," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1984
  • Mr. Henry (a hairdresser), "What Makes Shamy Run?," Minder, ThamesTelevision, 1984
  • Detective sergeant Troy, "The Supergrass," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, c. 1984 basis for the feature film The Supergrass, c. 1985
  • Morris, "C.O.D.," Girls on Top, Central Television, 1985
  • The Lenny Henry Show, BBC, 1985
  • Dr. Samuel Johnson, "Ink and Incapability," Blackadder the Third,BBC, 1987
  • Himself, The Last Resort (also known as The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross), Channel 4, 1987
  • "Christmas 1987," The Lenny Henry Show, BBC, 1987
  • Goldie and a Dutch celebrity, "The Strike" (also known as "The Miners' Strike"), The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1988
  • French and Saunders, BBC-2, 1988
  • Victor Hazell, "Danny, the Champion of the World," WonderWorks, PBS, 1989
  • Ken, "GLC: The Carnage Continues," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1990
  • Max, "South Atlantic Raiders: Part 1," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1990
  • Max, "South Atlantic Raiders: Part 2: Argie Bargie," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1990
  • Thompson (two episodes), BBC and PBS, c. 1990
  • Himself, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1991
  • Speaker, "Red Nose of Courage," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1992
  • Arnold Silverstein, "Demonella," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2,1993
  • Barrister, "Jealousy," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1993
  • Himself, Clive Anderson Talks Back, Channel 4, 1993
  • Zarran/N, "Space Virgins from Planet Sex," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1993
  • Himself, Clive Anderson All Talk, BBC, 1997
  • Himself, Shooting Stars, BBC, 1997
  • Film producer, "Faustian Fitz," Cracker (American version of series), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 1999
  • Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 2001
  • Himself, Johnny Vaughan Tonight, BBC, 2002
  • Appeared as "C.B. Voice" (voice) in an episode of Are You Being Served?, BBC.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Appeared in The Bogie Man, House with Green Shutters, The Lost Tribe, 1981 Take Two, The Secret Ingredient, TheSeven Deadly Sins, and The Sheep Stealer.
  • Television Work
  • Director; Episodic
  • The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1982
  • "Jealousy," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1993
  • "Chain of Fools," Divas, 1997
  • "Day: Part 1," Divas, 1997
  • Film Appearances
  • Picket, Britannia Hospital, EMI Films, 1979
  • La mort en direct (also known as Death in Full View, Deathwatch, Death Watch--Der gekaufte Tod, and Der Gekaufte Tod), Gaumont/Little Bear Films/Sara Film, 1979
  • Man at the airport, Flash Gordon, Universal, 1980
  • Detective Fritz Langley, Subway Riders, Mainline, 1981
  • Puff Guts, Scrubbers, Orion Classics, 1982
  • Rhun, Krull (also known as Dragons of Krull, Dungeons and Dragons, The Dungeons of Krull, and Krull: Invaders of the Black Fortress), Columbia, 1983
  • Drunk, Loose Connections, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • George, Ghost Dance, Other, 1984
  • Harwood, Chinese Boxes, Palace, 1984
  • Detective sergeant Troy, The Supergrass, c. 1985, based on the television production "The Supergrass," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel4, c. 1984
  • Leo McAskey, Defence of the Realm (also known as Defense of theRealm), Rank/Warner Bros., 1985
  • Man in the bathroom, National Lampoon's European Vacation (also known as European Vacation), Warner Bros., 1985
  • New York burgher, Revolution, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Caravaggio, British Film Institute/Cinevista, 1986
  • Mario, Absolute Beginners, Orion, 1986
  • Thomas, Mona Lisa, Island/Handmade Pictures, 1986
  • Himself, The Secret Policemen's Third Ball, [Great Britain], 1987
  • Annabelle, Wonderland (also known as The Fruit Machine), Vestron, 1988
  • Jeremy, Eat the Rich, New Line Cinema, 1988
  • Midnight Breaks, 1988
  • Montclaire (some sources cite role as Madeleine), Slipstream, Entertainment Film, 1989
  • Sid Trample, Bert Rigby, You're a Fool, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Sir John Falstaff, Henry V, Samuel Goldwyn, 1989
  • Ticket seller, Let It Ride, Paramount, 1989
  • Taxi driver, Lenny Live and Unleashed (also known as Lenny Henry Live and Unleashed), 1989
  • Alonzo Turner, Perfectly Normal, Four Seasons Entertainment, 1990
  • Charlie McManus/Sister Euphemia, Nuns on the Run, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Where the Heart Is, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Steffano Baccardi, Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole, Poe Productions, 1991
  • The pope, The Pope Must Diet! (also known as The Pope Must Die!), Miramax, 1992
  • Todd, Oh, What a Night!, New Line Home Video, 1992
  • Dr. Samuel Johnson, Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Islands, 1993
  • The duke, The Adventures of Huck Finn (also known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky, GoldenEye, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1995
  • Dr. Lintz, Buddy, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997
  • Al Santana, Frogs for Snakes, The Shooting Gallery, 1998
  • Charlie Toschi, Message in a Bottle, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky, The World Is Not Enough (also knownas Bond 19, Bond 2000, Death Waits for No Man, Fire and Ice, and Pressure Point), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1999
  • Delaney, On the Nose, Capitol Films, 2001
  • Gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Warner Bros.,2001
  • Sergeant Peter Godley, From Hell, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,Warner Bros., 2002
  • Also appeared in a film based on the television series Tutti Frutti.
  • Film Work
  • Director and Producer
  • Young Mental Health (documentary), 1973
  • Director of Bad Business.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Cuttin' the Rug, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, c. 1970
  • The Slab Boys, Traverse Theatre, between 1975 and 1979
  • Threads, Traverse Theatre, between 1975 and 1979
  • Snobs and Yobs, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980
  • Dr. Samuel Johnson, Your Obedient Servant (solo show), Lyric Studio Theatre, London, 1987
  • Also affiliated with productions of the Bush Theatre.
  • Major Tours
  • Title role, Mistero Buffo (solo show), British cities, 1990
  • Appeared with the San Quentin Theatre Group in tours of British universities, 1974-75.
  • Videos
  • Robbie Coltrane Engine Power Series, six volumes, Ambrose, 1997
  • Video Games
  • Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky (in archive footage), The World Is Not Enough, Electronic Arts, 2000
  • Audiobooks
  • Narrator, The Fish Who Could Wish (CD-ROM for children), Oxford University Press, 1995
  • Teleplays
  • Series
  • Coltrane in a Cadillac, Independent Television, 1993
  • (With others) Divas, 1997-1998
  • Episodic
  • Thompson, BBC and PBS, c. 1990
  • (With others) "Jealousy," The Comic Strip Presents, BBC-2, 1993
  • Also cowrote other episodes of The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4and BBC-2.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, October 26, 2001, p. 27
    • Interview, March, 1991, pp. 40-41
    • New Statesman and Society, February 16, 1990, pp. 45-46

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