Robert Knox, who portrayed Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby in the Half-Blood Prince, was stabbed to death by Karl Bishop on 24th May 2008 outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup; his home town, which is in South-East London.
He got out of the bar when he heard that Bishop had threatened his younger brother, Jamie and intervened in the fight. Four of Knox’s friends were also injured during the attack. One of them got hold of the knife when Robert was fighting but they did not know Bishop had another knife.
Robert died just a few days after filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was wrapped. He had also been signed to reprise his role in the Deathly Hallows. The cast and crew wore white wristbands in tribute to his memory at the Premiere of the movie in 2009.
Karl Bishop, who stabbed to death the Harry Potter actor was sentenced at the Old Bailey to life in prison. Robert’s friends said it was typical of him to risk his own safety to defend his brother.
His parents, Sally and Colin Knox, said in a statement that their son was kind and would always help out others. He would spend his last penny on others instead of himself. He was outgoing, friendly and loved sports. He was respectful to others and adored by his family and friends.
In memory of their beloved son, they created the Rob Knox Foundation to help young people develop their skills in the area of the Arts particularly theatre and film and raise street awareness, in particular knife crime.
UK distributor Woodcut International teamed with the Rob Knox Foundation to produce an award-winning documentary: The Rob Knox Story, about the murder of the actor and the issue of knife crime in the UK. It was released in 2021.
Featured interviews include family members, friends and Harry Potter cast including Jim Broadbent, Tom Felton, David Yates, Dani Harmer and Blake Harrison, as well as archive interviews with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
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