Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter dies aged 54 1 week ago

Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter dies aged 54

The actor passed away with his wife and two sons by his side.

The Friday Night Dinner star, Paul Ritter, has sadly died at the age of 54 from a brain tumour, it has been confirmed.


The star was best-known for his role as the family patriarch, Martin Goodman, in Channel 4’s sitcom Friday Night Dinner. The much-loved actor starred alongside Simon Bird, Tamsin Greig and Tom Rosenthal.

Ritter also starred in several films, including Quantum of Solace and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

In 2019, Ritter also played Anatoly Dyatlov in the multi-award winning Chernobyl.

The actor's agent told The Guardian that Ritter died at his home with his family by his side.

Ritter's agent 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."

The actor is set to appear in the Friday Night Dinner 10th anniversary retrospective, which will air on Channel 4 later this year.