Paul Ritter, a versatile British actor who appeared in the “Harry Potter” and James Bond films and played a key figure behind the nuclear disaster, who was the subject of the HBO mini-series “Chernobyl”, on Monday at his home in Kent But died England. He was 54 years old.
His agency, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin, announced his death. He was treated for a brain tumor.
On the popular sitcom “Friday Night Dinner” seen on Channel 4 since 2011, Mr. Ritter was a well-known face for his role as Martin Goodman, the prodigal father of a Jewish family in London.
He played the ill-fated nuclear engineer Anatoly Dietlove in the award-winning HBO drama “Chernobyl” (2019), the magician Eldred Worl in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009) and James, a devious political operative. Bond film “Quantum of Solace” (2008).
He was also frequently seen in UK National Theater productions including “All My Sons,” “Quorum Boy” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-Time”, in which his performance as the father of a socially challenged teenager It was praised by Matt Wolf in the New York Times as “fantastic”.
He appeared in “Art” in Old Vic, London, and in the West End production of “The Audience” opposite Queen Elizabeth II opposite Helen Mirren.
In 2009, Mr. Ritter was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Alan Jobburn’s film “The Norman Conquests”.
He was born in 1966 in Kent. He is survived by his wife, Polly, and two sons, Frank and Noah.