March 9 (UPI) — “Harry Potter” actor Jim Tavaré was rushed to the hospital this week after sustaining severe injuries in a car crash.
The 53-year-old English actor and comedian, who played Tom the Innkeeper in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” broke multiple bones, including his neck, in a head-on collision Monday, wife Laura said the next day on Facebook.
“Jim has asked me to let you all know that he was involved in a serious car accident yesterday, a head on collision. He’s currently in ICU intensive care,” she captioned a photo of Tavaré giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed.
“He has 15 broken ribs, fractures in both breastbones, a punctured lung, multiple breaks in his right leg, and a broken neck. He’s had 2 blood transfusions so far and is about to go in for his first major surgery,” she added. “Please hold some good thoughts for him as he fights his way out of this.”
Laura didn’t say where Tavaré’s crash took place, although the Guardian reported the actor spends most of his time in Los Angeles. Actor Tony Gardner and comedians Omid Djalili and David Baddiel were among those to share their sympathies online.
“Wishing @jimtavare lots of love and a speedy recovery after his terrible car accident. XX,” Gardner tweeted.
“Wishing our mate @jimtavare speedy recovery after terrible car crash. Hoping thumbs up means you’ll be playing that double bass soon,” Djalili added.
“Thoughts with my old comedy compatriot, the vvv funny @jimtavare, who’s in intensive care right now,” Baddiel wrote.
Tavaré is known for incorporating his double bass into his stand-up comedy routines. He starred on the ITV sketch comedy series “The Sketch Show,” and has also appeared on “Chuck and Californication.”