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Sir Michael Gambon CBE

19 October 1940 to 28 September 2023

An Irish actor, who had an illustrious career, winning four BAFTAs, earning two Emmy nominations and holding the record for the most Olivier Awards performance nominations, winning three from 13. Sir Michael Gambon’s first BAFTA was for mini-series The Singing Detective (1986), before collecting three consecutive wins for Wives and Daughters (1999), Longitude (2000) and Perfect Strangers (2001). Path to War (2002) and Emma (2009) earned him his Emmy nominations. Latterly, he is perhaps best known for playing Professor Dumbledore in six of the Harry Potter films (2004-2011), but his extensive film credits included The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), The Browning Version (1994), Gosford Park (2001), Amazing Grace (2006), The King’s Speech (2010), Quartet (2012), Paddington I and II (2014, 2017), Dad’s Army (2016), Victoria & Abdul (2017) and Judy (2019). Notable television work included The Borderers (1968-1970), Maigret (1992-1993), Perfect Strangers (2001), The Casual Vacancy (2015), Fortitude (2015-2018) and Fearless (2017). He also provided voices for games, including Ghost Hunter (2003) and The Elder Scrolls Online (2014). He was knighted in 1998 and received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Irish Film & Television Academy in 2017.

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