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… Richard E Grant, who played the title role in Withnail & I, paid tribute to his late co-star on Twitter. He wrote: “My beloved ‘Uncle Monty’ Richard Griffiths died last night. Chin-Chin my dear friend.”

Griffiths was feted for his roles as Withnail’s eccentric Uncle Monty in the cult classic and Hector, the unconventional teacher in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for best actor, the Drama Desk Award for outstanding actor in a play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for best featured actor in a play, and a Tony Award for best performance by a leading actor in a play.

He gained widespread fame as grumpy Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films and was much loved as disillusioned police officer and pie chef, Inspector Henry Crabbe, in the successful TV detective drama series Pie In The Sky.

Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, said Griffiths’ “army of friends” would be devastated by his unexpected death. “Richard Griffiths wasn’t only one of the most loved and recognisable British actors – he was also one of the very greatest,” he said.

“His performance in The History Boys was quite overwhelming: a masterpiece of wit, delicacy, mischief and desolation, often simultaneously. But that was just one small part of a career that spanned Shakespeare, cutting-edge new plays and major work in film and television.” …

Richard Griffiths, uncle to Withnail and Harry Potter, dies aged 65

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