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Tributes have flooded in for Chernobyl and Friday Night Dinner actor Paul Ritter following his tragic passing at the age of 54. Ritter's agent confirmed that he died of a brain tumour. He's survived by his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah.
Ritter is perhaps best known and loved here in the UK as loveable idiot Martin Goodman in Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner, but he had us all on the edge of our seats in Chernobyl as deputy-chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov. He also appeared in a number of major movie and TV projects, including Quantum Of Solace and Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince.
Friends, family, fans and colleagues remember Ritter as an incredibly kind and generous talent. Actor and writer Stephen Mangan said he was lucky to know his old friend. Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper praised Ritter as a man who touched so many hearts, while co-star Tom Rosenthal hailed him as "devastatingly intelligent". Meanwhile, fans recalled his many, many, many moments of genius as Martin Goodman.
Paul Ritter. What an actor. What a presence. So shocked and saddened by this awful news. RIP.
- Mark Gatiss :blue_heart: (@Markgatiss) April 6, 2021
I worked with Paul Ritter on Chernobyl. I used to sit in awe of him scene after scene. We would sit and talk and he would gently regale us with stories of his life, his wife, his kids. A good, proud, incredibly funny, intelligent man and one of our finest character actors. #Love
- Con O'Neill (@cononeilluk) April 6, 2021
Our thoughts are with Ritter's friends and family at this difficult time.
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