He died aged 65 after heart surgery complications.
He was known to me, and to many other naïve teenagers, simply due to his role as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter film series however I had also seen him in The History Boys and Private Peaceful. However, as I have gained from the dozen or so obituaries that are already spilling onto the internet, Richard Griffiths was both an acting and comedy legend who starred in numerous TV shows, Films and Stage Plays.
I remember one of his jokes being used by Ed Morrish, the producer of Cabin Pressure, to make people turn off their mobile phones. “Turn off that phone now, or I will come and sit on your head”. He was quite a large man.
He will be very much missed and will join those great Harry Potter actors who died before him. Richard Harris, Robert Knox, Timothy Baterson and others.