British actor Paul Ritter, who credits the HBO / Sky drama “Chernobyl” and the 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,” said Ritter’s agent. “He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 years old and had suffered from a brain tumor.
“Paul was an exceptionally talented actor who played a tremendous variety of roles on stage and screen with exceptional skill. He was extremely intelligent, friendly and very funny. We will miss him very much.”
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 star in John Madden’s upcoming war drama “Operation Mincemeat,” starring Colin Firth. Ritter will also be part of the 10th Anniversary Retrospective of Friday Night Dinner, which will air on Channel 4 later this year.
Knight was also known for his theater roles and was nominated in 2006 for an Olivier for “Coram Boy” and in 2009 for a Tony for the production of “The Norman Conquests”.
“Friday Night Dinner” creator Robert Popper tweeted: “Devastated by this terribly sad news. Paul was a lovely, wonderful person. 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 took a breath. If Paul Ritter was into something, it did well. This is terrible news.”