Richard Griffiths, Dies Age 65

The actor Richard Griffiths, best known for his roles in The History Boys, Withnail & I and Pie In The Sky, has died.

He died of complications following heart surgery. He was 65.

Born in Thornaby-on-Tees in North Yorkshire in 1947, Griffiths established himself as a much-loved character actor in dozens of films and television series over five decades.

His best known roles included his turn as the lascivious Uncle Monty in the cult 1987 movie Withnail & I and as Hector in the film version of Alan Bennett's The History Boys.

He had recently been introduced to a new generation of fans with his performances as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films.

Griffiths worked with big-name Hollywood directors - appearing in Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow.