Paul Ritter: Nicola Coughlan and Rob Delaney lead tributes to Friday Night Dinner star

Paul Ritter: Nicola Coughlan and Rob Delaney lead tributes to Friday Night Dinner star

Paul Ritter: Nicola Coughlan and Rob Delaney lead tributes to Friday Night Dinner star

Paul Ritter: Nicola Coughlan and Rob Delaney lead tributes to Friday Night Dinner star

Tributes have flooded in for Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter, who has died aged 54.

The actor died at home on Friday (2 April) after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, his agent announced on Tuesday (6 April).

The news prompted an outpouring of love from Ritter’s friends and fans as they paid tribute to the comedic actor.

“Oh no, what a brilliant talent he was,” historian and podcaster Greg Jenner wrote. “On the count of three, a tribute to his iconic catchphrase… ‘S*** ON IT!’”

Eddie Marsan said: “Just out of drama school I saw a production of 3 Sisters. A young actor playing Tuzenbach, did the monologue before the duel. I’d heard it every week at DS. But when he did it, I forgot I’d heard it before. He went on to be one of our greatest actors. RIP Paul Ritter.”

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“Awful awful news,” wrote actor Shaun Dooley. “Paul was an incredible actor and more importantly an absolutely lovely man. An honour to have known and worked with you sir. Rest in peace Paul. Sending love to his family.”

Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan wrote: “So, so sad to hear this. I was such a fan of Paul Ritter he was absolutely magic, RIP.”

Catastrophe star Rob Delaney wrote: “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.”

“Paul Ritter was one of the most versatile & brilliant actors that has ever drawn breath. If Paul Ritter was in something, it made it good. This is horrendous news,” actor Sanjeev Kohli posted.

Ritter was best known for his role as family patriarch Martin Goodman in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner, which he starred in opposite Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal.

The sitcom celebrated its 10-year anniversary in February, with a special episode due to be released later this year.

Ritter also appeared in blockbuster films including Quantum of Solace and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He also had a leading role as Anatoly Dyatlov in the critically acclaimed 2019 HBO mini-series Chernobyl.


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