Fans of Michael Gambon, the actor who famously played the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series have grown curious about his personal life after his death on Thursday, at the age of 82.
Gambon had been married to Anne Miller since 1962 when he was 22 years old. Upon his death, a statement was issued by his publicist Clair Dobbs on behalf of his wife, which said, “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 a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”
However, he also had been having an affair with Philippa Hart, who is 25 years younger than him, all the while being officially married to Miller.
“It’s a very strange set of circumstances worthy of a film script in itself. But Michael is open with his wife and she accepts the second relationship, though there have been rows in the past,” the Sun reported.
Who is Philippa Hart?
Hart is a set decorator. She was born in the year 1965. She has worked in movies such as Sylvia (2003), Nanny McPhee, The Hours, How I Live Now (2013), Scoop (2006), The Gathering Storm (2002), and Pandaemonium (2000).
Gambon and Hart met while working together on the set of Longitude, released in 2000, and have been together for over 20 years. Gambon publicly announced her as his girlfriend in 2001 to co-stars of the 2001 film Gosford Park and later went public with the affair in 2002. After that, he moved out of the home that he had with Miller.
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In February 2007, it was disclosed that Hart was pregnant with Gambon’s child. The pair welcomed two sons, Michael born in May 2007, and William born in June 2009. According to some reports, Gambon’s second son’s name is listed as Tom.