Rob Knox was 17 when he was cast in the role of Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The character was part of the eccentric teacher professor Slughorn’s Slug Club and is seen in the film performing alongside other stars of the series including British heavyweight actor Jim Broadbent.
However, sadly, Rob would never see himself acting alongside a star-studded cast because of a tragic incident that occurred in Sidcup in South London, just over a year before the film was released.
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Rob, who has been an extra in both The Bill and blockbuster retelling of the Arthurian legend, Arthur, was involved in a dispute that happened outside a bar in 2008.
He was said to have intervened to help protect his 16-year-old brother, Jamie, from a man who was threatening him.
(Image: Rob Knox Foundation)
The man, who was carrying two kitchen knives, proceeded to stab Rob, killing him.
The young actor died aged just 18 with his devastated parents calling him “the soul of the party” and “respectful to others”.
In 2009, his killer Karl Bishop was put on trial and found guilty of murder.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Now a documentary about Rob’s life and the damaging consequences of knife crimes is being released with many big-name actors such as Ray Winston getting involved.
(Image: Rob Knox Foundation)
There is also the Rob Knox film festival that takes place in Bexley every year in his memory.
The festival aims are: “To raise the profile of positive behaviour by young people.
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“To provide an opportunity for locally made films to reach a wider audience.
“To provide an opportunity for young people to see independent films from around the
“To provide learning opportunities for young filmmakers.
“To identify films that tackle social issues or that could be used in an educational context.”
The festival has handed out a number of awards over the years to highlight young and underrepresented filmmakers.
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