Paul Ritter, a flexible British actor who appeared in “Harry Potter” and James Bond films and performed a key determine behind the nuclear catastrophe that was the topic of the HBO mini-series “Chernobyl,” died on Monday at his dwelling in Kent, England. He was 54.
His company, Markham, Froggatt & Irwin, introduced the demise. He had been handled for a mind tumor.
Mr. Ritter was a well-recognized face to British theatergoers and well-known for his function as Martin Goodman, the eccentric father of a London Jewish household, on the favored sitcom “Friday Night Dinner,” seen on Channel four since 2011.
He performed the ill-fated nuclear engineer Anatoly Dyatlov on the award-winning HBO drama “Chernobyl” (2019), the wizard Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince” (2009) and a devious political operative within the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” (2008).
He was additionally regularly seen in productions at Britain’s National Theater, together with “All My Sons,” “Coram Boy” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” through which his efficiency as the daddy of a socially challenged teenager was praised as “superb” by Matt Wolf in The New York Times.
He appeared in “Art” on the Old Vic in London and as Prime Minister John Major, reverse Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, in a West End manufacturing of “The Audience.”
Mr. Ritter was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his efficiency in Alan Ayckbourn’s farce “The Norman Conquests.”
He was born in 1966 in Kent. He is survived by his spouse, Polly, and two sons, Frank and Noah.