‘Friday Night Dinner’ and ‘Chernobyl’ Star was 54 – Deadline

British theater and film actor Paul Ritter, best known for the long-running Channel4 comedy series Friday evening dinner, died of a brain tumor at the age of 54, his agent said.

Ritter’s prolific small-screen outing included key roles in 2019 HBO hit Chernobyl, ITV drama Vera and Paul Abbott’s No violation. Among his feature film credits, there was Quantum Of Solace and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and he has a supporting role in John Madden’s upcoming WWII drama Operation Mincemeat with Colin Firth.T

Ritter was also an esteemed theater actor, and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2006 for his performance in Coram Boy and for a Tony Award for his lead role in 2009 in the Norman Conquests. He also played John Major in Stephen Daldry’s The audience.

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But the actor was arguably best known for playing the eccentric, usually shirtless Martin Goodman hosting his “ bambinos ” for their “ Friday Night Dinner ” on the Channel 4 sitcom of that name with also Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal. He is due to appear in the show’s 10th anniversary retrospective, which is slated to air on Channel4 later this year.

Ritter’s agent told The Guardian: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night. He passed away peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 years old and suffered from a brain tumor. Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing a huge variety of roles on stage and on screen with extraordinary skill. He was extremely smart, kind and very funny. He will be sorely missed.

The news was greeted with sadness by many in the UK industry and beyond.

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