Paul Ritter, who appeared in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” has passed away at the age of 54.
On Tuesday, Ritter’s representatives confirmed to People that the “Friday Night Dinner” star passed away from a brain tumor, revealing that he “died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side.”
“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 statement added.
In addition to appearing in HBO’s 2019 miniseries “Chernobyl” and films such as “The Libertine” and “Hannibal Rising,” Ritter was a stage actor who was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for his role in “The Norman Conquests.”
Per the Guardian, Ritter will appear posthumously in a 10-year anniversary special for his Channel 4 sitcom “Friday Night Dinner.”
After news of Ritter’s passing went viral, numerous members of the acting community paid their respects on social media.
The saddest news to hear of the passing of the incomparable Paul Ritter. I had the pleasure of working alongside him during ‘Their Finest’. Such a wonderful actor and such a wonderful man - full of energy and light. Condolences to his family. ❤️— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) April 6, 2021
Knocked it out of the PARK in Chernobyl. Watching it I consciously thought, "Oh, we have a new movie star." Between that & how funny he was in Friday Night Dinner... just unreal talent. Rest in peace, Paul Ritter. pic.twitter.com/nw8HnRZxRd— Rob Delaney (@robdelaney) April 6, 2021
Paul Ritter, one of the nicest and best actors you’ll ever meet, I had the absolute pleasure of a first play at 19 with him, he called me a “Plonker” when I left him hanging on stage once at a missed entrance cue - I’ve never forgotten it and never did it again - RIP mate x— Russell Tovey (@russelltovey) April 6, 2021
Our condolences go out to Paul’s family and loved ones for their loss.