‘Friday Night Dinner’ Star Paul Ritter Dies Aged 54

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

The actor, who appeared on the Channel 4 show from 2011 to 2020, and also appeared in films such as Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, died at home surrounded by his family.

His agent confirmed the sad news in a statement.

Paul Fritter
Paul Fritter has died aged 54. Credit: Channel 4

It read: “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.”

Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter, with one person writing: “Rest in peace Paul Ritter. Thank you for the endless laughter you gave the nation on Friday Night Dinner.”

Another person added: “Not Paul Ritter. This is unbelievably sad. Entire family individually cried ‘no’. Extraordinary actor – watch an episode of Friday Night Dinner then immediately watch the first episode of Chernobyl to see his range. No age to go.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

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