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Brother of Harry Potter actor, 18, names his first-born son in honour of his murdered sibling

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The brother of a Harry Potter actor stabbed to death outside a bar has named his firstborn son in honour of his killed sibling.

Rob Knox played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and was pictured with stars including Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint during his time on the film.

His life was cut tragically short aged 18 in May 2008 when he was stabbed outside a bar in Sidcup, Southeast London, when he intervened in a fight to protect his younger brother Jamie.

But 14 years later, his brother Jamie, now 31, has had his first child and called him Rory Robert Knox in memory of his late brother.

The brother of Harry Potter actor Rob Knox - who was stabbed to death outside a bar - has named his firstborn son in honour of his killed sibling (Rob, left, is pictured with Daniel Radcliffe)

The brother of Harry Potter actor Rob Knox – who was stabbed to death outside a bar – has named his firstborn son in honour of his killed sibling (Rob, left, is pictured with Daniel Radcliffe)

14 years later, Rob's brother Jamie, now 31, has had his first child (pictured) and called him Rory Robert Knox in memory of his late brother

14 years later, Rob’s brother Jamie, now 31, has had his first child (pictured) and called him Rory Robert Knox in memory of his late brother

He wrote of the birth on his public Instagram account, saying: ‘01.02.22 @ 9:32pm

‘Rory Robert Knox came into the world and filled mine and Cathy’s hearts with all the love in the universe.’

Pictures show him cradling the newborn to his chest in a towel and his partner Cathy Foster holding the tot not long after his birth.

Other images on Jamie’s Instagram show how the couple were preparing for parenthood.

Jamie wrote of the birth on his public Instagram account, saying:'01.02.22 @ 9:32pm'Rory Robert Knox came into the world and filled mine and Cathy's hearts with all the love in the universe'

Jamie wrote of the birth on his public Instagram account, saying: ‘01.02.22 @ 9:32pm ‘Rory Robert Knox came into the world and filled mine and Cathy’s hearts with all the love in the universe’

Jamie and his stunning partner Cathy became engaged in December 2018 (pictured is Cathy showing off her ring after the proposal)

Jamie and his stunning partner Cathy became engaged in December 2018 (pictured is Cathy showing off her ring after the proposal)

Rob Knox played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and was pictured with stars including Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint (pictured together) during his time on the film

Rob Knox played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and was pictured with stars including Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint (pictured together) during his time on the film

Announcing Cathy’s pregnancy in August last year, Jamie posted a picture of her showing the first hint of a baby bump and said: ‘So excited about the next stage in our lives welcoming this little one into the world.

‘@cathyfoster33 your going to make an amazing mummy.’

They became engaged in December 2018.

Rob Knox was born to Colin and Sally Knox in 1989 and was a pupil at Beths Grammar School in Bexley.

He had been acting since the age of 11, with roles in The Bill and Channel 4’s Trust Me, I’m a Teenager as well as the BBC comedy After You’ve Gone.

He’d also appeared as an extra in a number of shows and his first film was King Arthur in 2004.

But he won his first major breakthrough with the Harry Potter flick, where he was cast as Marcus Belby, a Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Rob is pictured with his Harry Potter co-stars: L-R: Michael Gambon, David Bradley and Jim Broadbent

Rob is pictured with his Harry Potter co-stars: L-R: Michael Gambon, David Bradley and Jim Broadbent

He actually appeared posthumously in the film, the sixth installment in the series, which came out in 2009.

He had also signed on to appear in the final installment of the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, released in November 2010, with the second part in July 2011.

However his acting dreams were cut tragically short in the summer of 2008 when he died aged 18 following a fight outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup, South East London, on May 24, 2008, when he intervened to protect Jamie, then just 17, from a man armed with two kitchen knives.

Rob, front left, is pictured with his brother Jamie and their parents Sally and Colin when the kids were young

Rob, front left, is pictured with his brother Jamie and their parents Sally and Colin when the kids were young 

Karl Norman Bishop was found guilty of murder in March 2009 and received a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years to be served before parole was considered.

At the time, Warner Bros released a statement on the murder, saying: ‘We are all shocked and saddened by this news and at this time our sympathies are with his family.’

In the wake of Rob’s death, the Knox family set up the Rob Knox Foundation to campaign against knife crime.

Rob (left) is pictured on the set of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince with Freddie Stroma who played Cormac McLaggen

Rob (left) is pictured on the set of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince with Freddie Stroma who played Cormac McLaggen

In 2019, Rob's dad Colin (left) said:'For eight years I didn't stop crying on a daily basis and I've only sort of come to terms with it in the last two years'

In 2019, Rob’s dad Colin (left) said: ‘For eight years I didn’t stop crying on a daily basis and I’ve only sort of come to terms with it in the last two years’

An annual film festival is also held in his honour.

In 2019, Rob’s dad Colin said: ‘For eight years I didn’t stop crying on a daily basis and I’ve only sort of come to terms with it in the last two years.

‘It’s very emotional, you can’t do things normally.

‘You have to create a new normal and that’s what I live in now, my new normal.’ 

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