Published in Apr 2021 / Updated in Sep 2021
Actor Paul Ritter has died from brain tumour at the age of 54.
The Friday Night Dinner star’s family has confirmed that the popular actor lost the battle to cancer. His death was confirmed on Monday, April 5.
The Rise To Stardom
Ritter was everyone’s favorite on the popular Channel 4’s TV show. But his career was much more since he starred as the wizard Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and also in Quantum of Solace, and Chernobyl, among other projects.
He showed his skills in HBO’s hit show as Anatoly Dyatlov, deputy chief engineer of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
His other TV credits included Vera, Belgravia, Cold Feet and No Offence.
The actor also had much success in theaters. He was nominated for the prestigious Olivier award for his 2006 performance in Coram Boy. Also, he had a Tony nomination for his 2009 role in The Norman Conquests.
He will appear, one last time, in You Look Nice: The True Story of Friday Night Dinner later this year. It’s a 90-minute long documentary celebrating 10 years of the popular sitcom.
Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper told BBC that Ritter was “a deeply clever, funny, intelligent, kind man.” He added, “But he also had that rare thing, he had the common touch, so people could just relate to him,”
Agent’s Statement And Tributes On Social Media
Ritter’s agent confirmed the untimely death of Paul Ritter to the Guarding, saying:
“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. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumor.”
The statement continued:
“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”
Ritter’s coworkers and people from the industry shared their condolences, and so did his fans.
Black Mirror star Michael Smiley wrote:
“Really sad news, a hero in our house, a brilliant actor, just flawless performances. Friday Night Dinner will never be the same. RIP Paul Ritter. Sending prayers and thoughts to his loved ones.”
NME‘s Nick Reilly wrote:
“This is so desperately sad. Martin Goodman was by far the best character in FND because Ritter so perfectly captured the absurdity that is present deep down in all dads across the land. Sh*t on it.”
Radio Times executive editor Morgan Jeffery stated:
“What awful news about Paul Ritter. Such a fantastic, magnetic actor in Chernobyl, No Offence, The Hollow Crown, and much more. And of course, Martin Goodman is one of the most brilliant and memorable comedy characters of the past several decades.”
Many used his catchphrases from the beloved sitcom “Sh*t on it” and “Lovely bit of squirrel” to express their sadness and admiration for the actor.
As one Twitter user wrote:
“Not Paul Ritter. This is unbelievably sad. Entire family individually cried ‘no’. Extraordinary actor – watch an episode of Friday Night Dinner then immediately watch the 1st episode of Chernobyl to see his range. No age to go.”
Ritter was a regular cast member in productions at Britain’s National Theatre. There was nothing he couldn’t do. Our thought and prayers go out to his family and friends.