Paul Ritter, British Stage, Movie and TV Actor, Dies at 54

Paul Ritter, a versatile British actor who appeared in the films “Harry Potter” and James Bond and who played a key figure behind the nuclear disaster that featured in the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” died Monday at his Kent home. England. He was 54 years old.

His agency Markham, Froggatt & Irwin announced the death. He had been treated for a brain tumor.

Knight was a familiar face to British theatergoers and was known for his role as Martin Goodman, the eccentric father of a Jewish family in London, on the popular sitcom “Friday Night Dinner”, which has aired on Channel 4 since 2011.

He played the ill-fated nuclear engineer Anatoly Dyatlov in the award-winning HBO drama “Chernobyl” (2019), the wizard Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009) and a devious political agent in the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” (2008 ).

He has also appeared frequently in productions at the UK National Theater, including “All My Sons,” “Coram Boy,” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” in which he appeared as the father of a socially challenged teenager from Matt Wolf praised as “excellent” in the New York Times.

He appeared in “Art” at the Old Vic in London and as Prime Minister John Major alongside Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in a West End production of “The Audience”.

Mr. Ritter was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his appearance in Alan Ayckbourn’s farce “The Norman Conquests”.

He was born in Kent in 1966. He is survived by his wife Polly and their two sons Frank and Noah.

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