British actor Paul Ritter, whose credits include HBO / Sky drama “Chernobyl” and Channel 4 comedy “Friday Night Dinner”, has died of a brain tumor. He was 54 years old.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night,” Ritter’s agent said. “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.”
Ritter’s credits also included the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and the series “Belgravia” and “Cold Feet”. He will be seen in John Madden’s upcoming war drama “Operation Mincemeat,” which stars Colin Firth. Ritter will also be part of the 10th anniversary retrospective of “Friday Night Dinner”, which is scheduled to air on Channel 4 later this year.
Ritter was also known for his theater roles, and was nominated for an Olivier in 2006 for “Coram Boy”, as well as a Tony in 2009 for the 2008 production of “Les conquêtes normandes”.
Robert Popper, creator of “Friday Night Dinner” tweeted: “Devastated by this terrible news. Paul was a lovable and wonderful human being. Kind, funny, super caring and the greatest actor I have ever worked with.”
Actor Sanjeev Kohli tweeted: “Paul Ritter was one of the most versatile and brilliant actors who ever breathed. If Paul Ritter was in anything, it felt good. This is horrible news.”