Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter dies aged 54

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour aged 54.

The actor, who had firmly cemented himself as a TV favourite as Martin Goodman alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal, passed away on Monday (5 April).

"It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night," his agent told The Guardian. "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."

Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images

Ritter was one of British acting's most recognisable faces, with leading roles in Vera, No Offence, Cold Feet and Lovesick. He also appeared in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Bond movie Quantum of Solace.

As well as on screen, he was a celebrated stage star with Olivier and Tony Award nominations under his belt.

Friday Night Dinner first aired in 2011, and Ritter had filmed a special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show this year. It will air on Channel 4 later this year.

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