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1[[quoteright:200:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/roberthardy.jpg]] ˛->''"Playing villains is half the fun, and you may not be an absolute villain yourself, but finding something in the villain, the horrid creature, that you enjoy."''˛˛Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (29 October 1925 - 3 August 2017) was an English actor, best known in the UK for playing Siegfried Farnon in the ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' television series for twelve years and to international audiences as Cornelius Fudge in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' film franchise. Hardy's career lasted over fifty years, his first credit was in 1951 before he came to public prominence in a BBC adaptation of ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' playing the title character. His first big screen role was the 1958 UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo thriller ''TorpedoRun'' and he never looked back, playing a large number of film and television roles. Hardy was also a prolific stage actor well versed in Creator/{{Shakespeare}}. His final roles were UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, in the TV movie ''Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain'' and the short film ''Joseph's Reel'' where he played a dying man given the chance to relive one day of his life.˛˛Hardy passed away in 2017 at the age of 91.

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