Paul Ritter was a Tony-nominated actor in theatre, film and TV. Paul had made an appearance in the 2019 “Chernobyl” miniseries and 2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. The actor’s representative has confirmed that the actor has died at the age of 54.
The actor reportedly died on Monday after he succumbed to his brain tumour. Paul was accompanied by his wife and sons. The news has been confirmed by Paul’s representative Isabella Riggs to the USA Today.
“Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill,” a statement added. “He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”
Paul was born in the United Kingdom. He recently starred as patriarch Martin Goodman in the British television series “Friday Night Dinner,” which ran from 2011 to 2020.
In 2009, he received a Tony nomination for his lead role in the play “The Norman Conquests” and appeared as Eldred Worple in the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” He also played a political operative in “Quantum of Solace,” the 2008 James Bond film.
In 2019, he appeared in the history/drama miniseries “Chernobyl” as Anatoly Dyaltlov, a deputy chief engineer put on trial for causing the infamous 1986 nuclear accident. His performance in Chernobyl won him a good amount of appreciation from the critics.
Oscar-winner actress Helen Mirren praised Ritter as a “thoughtful actor who was truly wonderful to work with.”
In a statement sent by her publicist to USA TODAY, Mirren said Ritter was “sensitive, intelligent and generous (and) he will be missed by all the fraternity who make drama.”
The two worked together in the 2013 UK play, “The Audience,” in which Mirren portrayed Queen Elizabeth II and Ritter played Prime Minister John Major. (The play has been cited in the credits of some episodes of Netflix’s “The Crown.”)
“Friday Night Dinner” creator Robert Popper mourned Ritter in a statement as “a lovely, wonderful human being. Kind, funny, super caring and the greatest actor I ever worked with.”
“We were incredibly sad to learn that Paul Ritter passed away last night,” Big Talk, the production company behind “Friday Night Dinner,” added in a statement provided to USA TODAY.
“He was a brilliant, kind and talented man much loved by everyone lucky enough to know and work with him, and Paul will forever be part of both the Big Talk and Friday Night Dinner families. Our thoughts are with his own family at this time and following their wishes we will be donating to the Old Vic Impact Fund.”