Paul Ritter dies aged 54
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 April 2021
'Friday Night Dinner' actor Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour aged 54
Paul Ritter has died aged 54.
The 'Friday Night Dinner' actor – who played Martin Goodman in the Channel 4 sitcom – passed away at home, from a brain tumour, with his family by his side.
His agent told the Guardian newspaper: "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 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."
Paul is to posthumously appear in the pre-recorded 'Friday Night Dinner' 10th anniversary show later this year.
He starred as Martin in all six 'Friday Night Dinner' series – alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap – from 2011 to 2020.
Paul recently appeared as Anatoly Dyatlov in the multi award-winning TV series 'Chernobyl', and as Jeremy Hutchinson in 'The Trial of Christine Keeler'.
On the small screen, Paul also starred in 'Vera', 'Cold Feet', and 'No Offence', as well as in 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams'.
What's more, the actor was no stranger to the big screen, having appeared as Eldred Worple in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', and he also starred in 2008 James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' as Guy Haines.