• Thomas Potter

Paul Ritter: Friday Night Dinner and Harry Potter star dies aged 54 after brain tumour diagnosis

Beloved Friday Night Dinner actor, Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour at just 54 years of age.



The actor featured as some well-loved characters but was most known for his portrayal of Martin Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner.


As well as Friday Night Dinner, he has some other notable credits to his name, these include starring in the Sky drama Chernobyl, playing Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and even featuring in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.


A statement from Paul's agent said: “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.


“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.”


Stephen Mangan, one of Paul's life long friends since university started by saying "Trying to find a way to talk about Paul Ritter and struggling". He went on to say he had "so much talent and it shone from him even as a teenager".



Paul's costar of Friday Night Dinner Tom Rosenthal said "I’ll be forever thankful for working with someone who was so supportive and who taught me so much about professionalism and humility in acting"


He then went on to tweet "It was a total pleasure and honour."



Rest in peace Paul, you will be missed.