Fashion consultant and TV personality Gok Wan has revealed that he met the late Michael Gambon in hospital "many years ago" and said it was "one of the greatest experiences" of his life.
It was recently announced that Dublin-born stage and film titan Gambon, who was known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in six of the Harry Potter movies, had died aged 82.
Wan, 49, said Gambon was "one of the biggest forces" he had ever met.
Recalling the time he met the actor in hospital, Wan wrote on his Instagram page on Saturday: "Many years ago I was poorly and was admitted into hospital for a couple of weeks.
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"It was genuinely one of the greatest experiences of my life.
"Not because I was sick and was being made better but, because Michael Gambon just happened to be in the room next to mine.
"After introducing myself to him and him to me, in a rather Downton Abbey fashion, we then went on to spend almost two weeks together.
"He was the greatest storyteller I had ever met. We laughed, sat in silence and listened to Classic FM and my entire heart fell for this mighty man.
"When we were discharged I went to see Michael in a show in the West End.
"Afterwards we went to dinner where he continued to unpack his suitcase of stories.
"His presence on stage, on screen and in real life was enormous, satisfyingly overwhelming.
"He was one of the biggest forces I have ever met and lucky enough to spend time with.
"RIP my hospital hero... I bet you are telling your fabulous stories to the angels - don't leave anything out, they are just too delicious!" (sic)
Gambon appeared in many films and TV series, and one of his most recognisable roles was Philip Marlow in Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective in 1986.
The actor also had an illustrious theatre career that included Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre and Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape at the Gate Theatre, among many other productions.
Sir Michael Gambon, has died aged 82. The Dublin-born actor starred as The Singing Detective, Professor Albus Dumbledore in six Harry Potter films and in numerous stage roles.— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) September 28, 2023
In 1981, he recalled the story of his National Theatre Company audition in front of Laurence Olivier. pic.twitter.com/UbXHZ5Txti
Following news of Gambon's death, celebrities paid tribute to the actor, including fellow Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who said Gambon was "one of the most brilliant, effortless actors".
Source: Press Association