Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy CBE (29 October 1925 - 3 August 2017) was an English actor, best known in the UK for playing Siegfried Farnon in the All Creatures Great and Small television series for twelve years and to international audiences as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter 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 David Copperfield playing the title character. His first big screen role was the 1958 World War II thriller Torpedo Run and he never looked back, playing a large number of film and television roles. Hardy was also a prolific stage actor well versed in Shakespeare. His final roles were Winston Churchill, 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.