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Paul Ritter, “Harry Potter” And “Chernobyl” Star, Dies Of Brain Tumour At 54

Paul Ritter | Image: Getty Images

English actor Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour. He was 54-years-old.

Ritter, who is best known for long-running Channel4 comedy series Friday Night Dinner, died on Monday night with his family by his side, his agent confirmed.


“It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night. He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side,” Ritter’s agent said in a statement.

“He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour. Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”

In Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner, Ritter played the quietly-suffering, often shirtless, hard-of-hearing husband and dad Martin Goodman.

His widely-acclaimed role as Anatoly Dyatlov, the deputy chief engineer at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, led to the five-part miniseries becoming the best-rated show ever on global movie and TV website IMDb – and hailed as “the greatest drama of all time”.

In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, he played wizard Eldred Worple.

Other notable roles were as Guy Haines in James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, in period drama Belgravia, as Billy Cartwright in Vera and Sir John Seymour in Wolf Hall.

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