Richard Griffiths, who played Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films and was one of the best-loved men among fellow-actors, has died aged 65 following heart surgery.
His defining role was Hector the teacher in Alan Bennett’s play (and film), The History Boys. Richard showed the world the inspiration a good teacher could instil, not necessarily by orthodox rules. For that great mercy, he will not be forgotten.
Here’s his Uncle Monty speech from Withnail and I: