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Robbie Coltrane rushed to Florida hospital after flight

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Image caption Robbie Coltrane played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has been admitted to hospital in Orlando, Florida, after falling ill with flu-like symptoms during a flight.

Paramedics met him off the flight from London and rushed him to hospital where doctors said he would remain overnight.

Coltrane's agent told the BBC the actor was "resting" and would "be fine", but that more information on his condition was not yet available.

He had been travelling to a Harry Potter convention at Universal Studios.

The actor is best known for playing Hagrid in the film adaptations of JK Rowling's boy wizard book series.

Entertainment website TMZ - which first reported the news - claimed Sir Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, was also on the flight.

Coltrane's UK agent, Belinda Wright, told the BBC that US reports that an eyewitness had tweeted about the actor drinking heavily in a Heathrow Airport lounge before boarding his flight were "not correct" and "completely untrue".

Coltrane, she said, had struggled to make his flight to the US as his connecting flight from Glasgow had been delayed due to snow.

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