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There are actors who immerse themselves in a part--and then there is Robert Hardy. When this classical actor got the role of Henry V on both the stage and the TV series "An Age of Kings," he actually trained to be an expert with the longbow. He even went on to write two books about the history of the longbow and created a documentary on the Battle of Agincourt (Henry V's famous victory over the French, for which historians largely credit the English king's tactical use of the longbow). Hardy later rose to prominence on TV with his portrayal of entrepreneur Alec Stewart on "Mogul" (original title, "The Troubleshooters"), a tale of corporate intrigue involving an oil company. In the 1970s and '80s, he became best known to television audiences for his performance as Siegfried Farnon on the extremely popular veterinarian drama "All Creatures Great and Small," though he received his most widespread critical acclaim for playing Winston Churchill. In fact, Hardy played the stalwart war-time leader five times, most notably in the award-winning "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years." Time and again, Hardy has displayed the requisite gravitas to play powerful but flawed men, whether they be President...

There are actors who immerse themselves in a part--and then there is Robert Hardy. When this classical actor got the role of Henry V on both the stage and the TV series "An Age of Kings," he actually trained to be an expert with the longbow. He even went on to write two books about the history of the longbow and created a documentary on the Battle of Agincourt (Henry V's famous victory over the French, for which historians largely credit the English king's tactical use of the longbow). Hardy later rose to prominence on TV with his portrayal of entrepreneur Alec Stewart on "Mogul" (original title, "The Troubleshooters"), a tale of corporate intrigue involving an oil company. In the 1970s and '80s, he became best known to television audiences for his performance as Siegfried Farnon on the extremely popular veterinarian drama "All Creatures Great and Small," though he received his most widespread critical acclaim for playing Winston Churchill. In fact, Hardy played the stalwart war-time leader five times, most notably in the award-winning "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years." Time and again, Hardy has displayed the requisite gravitas to play powerful but flawed men, whether they be President Franklin D. Roosevelt or Cornelius Fudge, the fussy and paranoid Minister of Magic in the "Harry Potter" franchise.

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 Camden 28, The (2007)
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 Lassie (2006)
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 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Cornelius Fudge
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 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Minister Of Magic Cornelius Fudge
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 Barber of Siberia, The (1999) Forsten--Military Instructor
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 Tichborne Claimant, The (1998) Lord Rivers
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 Edward the King (1998) Prince Albert
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 Mrs. Dalloway (1997) Sir William Bradshaw
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Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy, CBE (born October 29, 1925) is an English actor with a long career in the theatre, film and television. He is also an acknowledged expert on the longbow. Hardy was born in Cheltenham, England to Jocelyn (Dugdale) and Henry Harrison Hardy. He was educated at Rugby School and Magdelen College, Oxford University where he gained a BA Honours degree in English. Hardy began his career as a classical actor, It was while playing Henry V that Hardy developed an interest in medieval warfare, and he later wrote and presented an acclaimed television documentary on the subject of the Battle of Agincourt. He has also written two books on the subject of the Longbow, Over the years, Hardy has played a huge range of parts on television and film. His most famous role was as Siegfried Farnon in the long-running All Creatures Great and Small (1978–1990), a stylish and much loved adaptation of James Herriot's novels. Some feel Hardy brought just the right touch of eccentricity and belligerence to the part of Siegfried. He has played former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in several productions but his most recent roles were as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, and as Lord Malan in His Master's Voice. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1981.

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