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Murdered actor was loving life'

PUBLISHED: 18:22 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 16 August 2010

DEVASTATED: A carpet of flowers at the death scene. Picture by Kent Photonews-Sidcup

DEVASTATED: A carpet of flowers at the death scene. Picture by Kent Photonews-Sidcup

THE devastated agent of Rob Knox, the 18-year-old Harry Potter actor knifed to death on Saturday said the past three months had been the best of his life.

THE devastated agent of Rob Knox, the 18-year-old Harry Potter actor knifed to death on Saturday said the past three months had been the best of his life.

Bonnie Sullivan, from D&B School of Performing Arts, Bromley Road, who represented Mr Knox since the age of 11, said the talented teen had 'huge' potential to go far.

He had recently finished filming Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, in which he played Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby due out in November.

Director David Yates was so impressed by him that he'd already signed him to the next Potter film and wanted to expand his role.

Ms Sullivan said: "The only comfort is that I know Rob had just had the best three months of his life. He'd just finished Harry Potter where he got on very well with everyone, he'd been earning good money, he'd been partying and loving his life. He was doing everything a normal 18-year-old boy would do in his place.

"He was so thrilled when I called him to tell him he got the part. It was his ultimate dream." Mr Knox's 16-year-old brother, Jamie, also a D&B acting student, was with him at the Metro Bar, Station Road, Sidcup, when a fight broke out and Rob was fatally stabbed. A tribute to his older brother read: "I loved you so much, I looked up to you so much, I thought you were invincible."

Ms Sullivan received a phone call from their mother, Sally, 50, last Saturday morning telling her what had happened.

She said: "I got the call about 8am. I felt numb. I couldn't comprehend what she was saying. Everyone at the school is very upset. The atmosphere is unbearable.

"The students are very keen to start a knife campaign. When you see it on television, you think it's all gang related and that it could never happen to such a well looked after and loved person like Rob."

Dance and drama students at D&B will be celebrating the school's 20th anniversary on July 4 at the Broadway Theatre, Catford. Ms Sullivan said the youngsters would dedicate the special performance to their friend and fellow student.

Mr Knox was a member of the Sidcup Rugby Club, the same club as Jimmy Mizen, the 16-year-old alter boy who was stabbed in Lee on May 10.

It was a bloody weekend across the capital. On Monday, nine men were involved in a knife fight outside the Bird in Hand pub, Bickley, leaving five with stab wounds.

On Tuesday afternoon, 27-year-old landlord Tim O'Donnell was stabbed on Main Road, Sidcup, just a few hundred yards from where Mr Knox was killed. He was in a serious condition at the time of going to press.

A 21-year-old man appeared at Bexleyheath Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning charged with Mr Knox's murder. Karl Bishop, of Carlton Road, Sidcup, was remanded in custody until facing trial at the Old Bailey on September 2.

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