Harry Potter star Chris Rankin announces engagement to long-term girlfriend

Harry Potter star Chris Rankin is one happy man right now, as he’s just become engaged to his girlfriend Ness Beecroft.

The actor, 38, is best known for playing Percy Weasley in the Potter films – the third-eldest child in the massive Weasley clan – shared a loved-up snap of himself as a husband-to-be on Instagram next to his partner.

Along with the sweet picture, he wrote: ‘Happy News! I asked @nessa_beecroft if she fancied upgrading to fiancée , and she seemed ok with the idea.’

Nessa could be seen holding her newly-adorned hand up for the camera, showing off a beautiful gothic-style engagement ring as the happy pair posed against a scenic backdrop, most likely Florida thanks to his use of hashtags.

Charlie made sure the Harry Potter fans among his followers would be alerted to the news by sharing a bunch of hashtags including each one of the Hogwarts’ house names (Gryffindor et al.) as well as #PercyWeasley and #Hogwarts.

The loved-up actor later shared another snap of Nessa on his Instagram Stories, gushing over her now being his fiancee.

A handful of HP stars made sure to celebrate the joyous occasion, including Padma Patil actress Afshan Azad, who wrote: ‘Omgggg ANDDDDD I ASKED YOU WHEN!! 😂 congratulations to you both!!’

Chris cheekily replied with a few laughing-crying emoji, adding: ‘thanks love! I know, and I had to be VERY CAREFUL how I answered!!’

Chris and Nessa, who on Instagram describes herself as ‘spoonie, nerd, weirdo, sloth queen, LGBTQIA+, passive aggressive, sarcastic, animal lover, horror fanatic’, are thought to have been together for around six years and live in Wales.

Last year, Chris spoke fondly of the Harry Potter film franchise and how life-changing it was for him to be part of it.

Last year he took part in a tour across Europe with an orchestra called the Magical Music of Harry Potter and, speaking about it to the BBC, he said: ‘I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say Potter changed, shaped, my life – it’s crazy.

‘If you’d have asked me 20 years ago if I thought I’d still be talking about Harry Potter on a daily basis I think I would have laughed in your face.

‘I’m literally sharing my memories of that first film, the first time we were on set together, to crowds of people all around the place – I’m very lucky.’

Charlie first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001, before going on to appear in most of the rest of the films alongside the likes of Rupert Grint (his little brother Ron Weasley), Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Robbie Coltrane.

He was absent in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but returned for the final two films, the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2.

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