Harry Potter: The star who had two children in his 60s with mistress 25 years his junior while still married

Harry Potter has had a lot of high profile actors playing roles in the franchise, particularly British stars.

One star, who was not originally cast in the fantasy films, is an icon of British stage and screen acting.

Michael Gambon did not play Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the first two films, only taking over after Richard Harris died after the Chamber of Secrets.

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His legendary status means that Michael has had a long and successful career with his longevity extending not just to his acting.

Despite being 61 years old and having been married to his wife Anne Miller since 1962, Michael brought a woman 25 years his junior to the film set of Gosford Park in 2001 introducing her as his girlfriend.

The Irish-English actor and Philippa Hart have been together since 2000 after meeting on the set of Longitude, where she had been a set designer.

Michael Gambon as Dumbledore with Daniel Radcliffe

In 2007, the couple announced that Philippa was pregnant and gave birth when Michael was 67 years old.

The couple would have a second child in 2009.

The Harry Potter actor never divorced his wife and splits his time between his girlfriend in West London and wife in Gravesend in Kent, according to reports.

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According to Geraldine Hasler, who attended a party at Michael and his wife’s home, says the couple “are still very much married.”

Speaking to the Evening Standard, She added: “I think Anne finds it strange that people say Michael left her for this other women. As far as anyone who knows them is concerned, they are still very much married.

“Anne is a lovely woman, very humble and not at all ostentatious. She is very supportive of Michael. They go to quite a few events together in the village.

“He comes over as a Jack-the-lad, but underneath it all he I think he is quite shy. He doesn’t like to be bothered and keeps his personal life private.”

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