Of course all the headlines said “Harry Potter actor has died,” because one of Hardy’s most recent roles was that of Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies:
But to me? He will always, ALWAYS be Siegfried Farnon, the role he played in the wonderful series All Creatures Great and Small (based on the equally wonderful books by James Herriot about being a veterinarian in mid-twentieth-century Yorkshire). The girl I was may have loved Tristan Farnon, Siegfried’s roguish little brother (as played, playfully, by Peter Davison), but the woman I am now is all about the older, wiser, and still joyful Siegfried:
I’m sorry, but only an actor of Robert Hardy’s caliber could look cute even while laughing out the phrase “artificial vagina.” We’ll miss you, Robert Hardy.