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Harry Potter star Michael Gambon takes Kent & East Sussex Railway ride at Tenterden

Harry Potter legend Michael Gambon has pulled into a Kent station.

There was no sign of the Hogwarts Express or Platform 9 3/4, as the actor who played Professor Albus Dumbledore stepped aboard a Kent & East Sussex Railway train at Tenterden station.

Rudi Wilson met Michael Gambon on the Kent & East Sussex Railway
Rudi Wilson met Michael Gambon on the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Sir Michael was on a carriage being pulled by the steam railway's Norwegian locomotive, which marked its 100th birthday this year.

Railway maintenance and events worker Rudi Wilson spotted Sir Michael on a day out with his family and stopped to have a chat.

Sir Michael, 78, whose TV and film credits include The Singing Detective and the The King's Speech, starred in the final six Harry Potter films following the death of Richard Harris.

Rudi said: "I recognised the sound of Sir Michael's voice first as I got on the train. I told him I was a fan of his work and he said 'come and sit down'".

Father-of-three Rudi, whose children are Harry Potter fans, said the star had asked him for suggestions for the day out and he recommended Bodiam Castle as the top trip.

Platform 9 3/4
Platform 9 3/4

Rudi, 31, added: "Sir Michael's career is amazing and it was great to meet him. I think he's one of the most famous people that we've had on the railway."

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