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Friday Night Dinner’s Martin — played brilliantly by the late Paul Ritter — was a rare thing on our screens: a father who was more than an object of ridicule. Why have scriptwriters given dads such a raw deal?

Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in a sitcom.

Paul Ritter, a versatile British actor who appeared in “Harry Potter” and James Bond movies and played a key figure behind the nuclear disaster that was the subject of the HBO mini-series “Chernobyl,” has died at 54.

Following the very sad news that Friday Night Dinner actor Paul Ritter has passed away, Anthony Clavane writes that Ritter's character Martin Goodman ranks alongside Basil Fawlty when it comes to Britcom greats. Read his column here ➡️

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Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom "Friday Night Dinner" to a Soviet engineer who helps cause a nuclear disaster in "Chernobyl," has died at 54.

Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom "Friday Night Dinner" to a Soviet engineer who helps cause a nuclear disaster in "Chernobyl," has died at 54.

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Paul Ritter: Friday Night Dinner and Harry Potter star dies of brain tumour aged 54

Friday Night Dinner and Chernobyl actor Paul Ritter has died at the age of 54 after suffering from a brain tumour For more on this and other news visit

British actor Paul Ritter, who appeared in the “Harry Potter” franchise and played a key figure in the TV miniseries “Chernobyl,” has died, his agent said. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumor.

Trying to find a way to talk about Paul Ritter and struggling. My friend since we were students together. So much talent and it shone from him even as a teenager. I was so lucky to know him and lucky too to work with him many times over the years. Wonderful man. RIP.

We are so saddened to hear of the loss of one of our favourite actors Paul Ritter. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.

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