Paul Ritter dead aged 54 – Friday Night Dinner star dies of brain tumour

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

Ritter, who starred as Martin on the Channel 4 show, died on Monday, his agent said.

In a statement, the agent said the actor died at home with his family by his side.

The statement said: "It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night.

"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."

Ritter also appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

He was nominated for an Olivier award in 2006, and for a Tony in 2009.

He is due to appear in a 10th anniversary retrospective of Friday Night Dinner – alongside co-stars Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal – which will air on Channel 4 later in 2021.

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