Robbie Coltrane confined to wheelchair after crippling osteoarthritis agony

Robbie Coltrane confined to wheelchair after crippling osteoarthritis agony

Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane has been pictured for the first time since using a wheelchair.

The 68-year-old, who played the beloved Rubeus Hagrid in the blockbuster franchise, battles with osteoarthritis which has left him in crippling pain and unable to walk. Robbie’s now awaiting knee surgery in America to repair his joint that will hopefully relieve the pain.

Fans were thrilled to see Robbie out and about on Monday night, when he attended the launch of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike ride in Universal Orlando, hosted at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

Robbie appeared to be in good spirits and addressed his health battle, saying that he’s ‘due a new knee’. He added that once the surgery’s complete, he’ll be ‘leaping around like an elf’.

A source told The Sun of Robbie’s osteoarthritis ordeal: ‘Robbie has been in constant pain for years now, with his knee constantly deteriorating.

‘He was wheeled in and out of the Harry Potter event on Monday which came as a big shock to fans given they’re so used to seeing him standing strong and tall as Hagrid.’

Robbie used a walking stick prior to the wheelchair (Picture: Getty Images)

The Harry Potter actor will undergo knee surgery in America (Picture: WireImage)

They added: ‘It’s hugely frustrating for him but he’s really hoping to be back on his feet after getting the operation.’

In 2016, Robbie appeared in Channel 4 drama National Treasure not long after he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and later opened up about the ailment.

At the time, the Scottish actor revealed he was in ‘constant pain all day’ and an exploratory operation found he had no cartilage left in one of his knees.

He explained: ‘It’s completely disintegrated. And they told me it’s osteoarthritis.

‘People are probably wondering why I’m hobbling about in the way I am and that is why.’

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