JEREMY Clarkson led the tribute to legendary actor Sir Michael Gambon following his death.
Sir Michael was an icon of the screen and stage, best known for his role as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.
He died peacefully in hospital aged 82 and his family released a statement saying: “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon.”
“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside following pneumonia. Michael was 82 years old.
“We ask that you respect our privacy during this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”
Following news of his death, Jeremy Clarkson wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “So sad to hear that Michael Gambon has died. He was extremely amusing and such a great guest that we even named a corner after him.”
Actor Sir Michael Gambon had the final corner, No. 8, named in his honor after damaging aLiana there during the “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” challenge in December 2002.
And many more celebrities have paid tribute to the late star following the heartbreaking news of his death.
ActorEgan wrote: “It is deeply sad to see this. One of the funniest men in the world and a great actor. I will miss him.”
Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison, known for his role as Neil, wrote: “Funniest actor I’ve ever worked with. I spent my lunch breaks at Dad’s Army listening to story after story from him. A phenomenal actor. RIP Sir Michael Gambon.” .”
English comedian, presenter and screenwriter David Baddiel wrote: “The first time I went to a theater with a capital T was Michael Gambon in Brecht’s Life of Galileo at The National in 1980. It’s still the best stage actress I’ve ever seen.” REST IN PEACE.”
As well as his iconic role inHe starred in the blockbusters Gosford Park (2001), Ali G Indahouse (2002), Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and The King’s Speech (2010).
He also played Philip Marlowe in the serial drama The Singing Detective.
The trained pilot later appeared in BBC TV hits such as Perfect Strangers and Emma.
The 82-year-old won four BAFTAs for his TV work, three Oliver Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In 1998 he was knighted for his services to drama.