Paul Ritter. Friday Night Dinner star dies at 54.

  • Published on Apr 6, 2021
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    Actor Paul Ritter, who played dad Martin Goodman in the popular Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner, has died after a brain tumour at the age of 54.
    He also starred in Sky drama Chernobyl, played Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and was in James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
    His other TV credits included Vera, Belgravia, Cold Feet and No Offence.
    His agent said on Tuesday: "It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night."
    They said he died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side.
    The statement added that he was "an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill", describing him as "fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny."
    "We will miss him greatly," it said.
    Friday Night Dinner writer Robert Popper tweeted his tribute, saying: "Devastated at this terribly sad news. Paul was a lovely, wonderful human being. Kind, funny, super caring and the greatest actor I ever worked with x"
    The sitcom also starred Tamsin Grieg, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap. Ritter played Martin, who was loosely based on Popper's father, who apparently often walked around the house with his shirt off.
    Actors paying tribute included Derry Girls' Nicola Coughlan, who tweeted that Ritter "was absolutely magic", while Eddie Marsan said he was "one of our greatest actors".
    Catastrophe's Rob Delaney said Ritter had an "unreal talent" that spanned comedy and drama, and fellow actor Sanjeev Kohli described him as "one of the most versatile & brilliant actors that has ever drawn breath".
    Radio Times executive editor Morgan Jeffrey remembered him as "a fantastic, magnetic actor" and said Martin was "one of the most brilliant and memorable comedy characters of the past several decades".
    Friday Night Dinner focused on the British Jewish Goodman family, whose sons returned home each Friday night for a meal, which usually involved eating "crimble crumble" for dessert, and ended in some kind of disarray after the appearance of their unusual neighbour Jim, played by Heap.
    Martin would regularly joke about the meal's main course being "a lovely bit of squirrel".
    In the 2019 drama Chernobyl, which was produced by HBO and Sky UK, Ritter played Anatoly Dyatlov, the deputy chief engineer at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
    TV drama Chernobyl: 'So chilling, it spares you nothing'
    The show, which also starred Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, won awards including two Golden Globes and 10 Emmy awards, including three from the Primetime Emmys.
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  • László Balázs
    László Balázs 6 hours ago +1

    He didn't die. He didn't. HE DIDN'T BECAUSE IT'S NOT THERE

  • Need Power
    Need Power 7 hours ago

    Do you think it was from that meat

  • Charlie :D ;D
    Charlie :D ;D Day ago


  • Tony Fisher
    Tony Fisher 4 days ago

    He died after eating a female squirrel. His last words were "shit on it".

  • crafty playz
    crafty playz 5 days ago

    this legend here made me laugh so much, at least he died by his family's side and he will always be in our hearts, I can't stop thinking about this and I pay my respects to this absolute hero, rest in peace you absolute legend

  • Chqrlzcloudz
    Chqrlzcloudz 5 days ago

    RIP he was my fav on friday night dinner :(((((

  • milkymonkey 3000
    milkymonkey 3000 5 days ago

    Goodbye bambino..

  • Paul Togneri
    Paul Togneri 6 days ago +1

    R.I.P Paul Ritter 🕊💔

  • blank
    blank 6 days ago

    This one was hard to swallow, Rest in peace Paul thanks for the laughs bambino

  • Robert Atkinson
    Robert Atkinson 6 days ago

    It still hasn't sunk in fully yet, so so sad :(

  • Druss Legend
    Druss Legend 6 days ago +1

    Thanks for the laughs

  • Kaylai
    Kaylai 6 days ago +2

    Him dying with his family by his side I can’t imagine how shocked they where

  • Sapphire safari
    Sapphire safari 6 days ago

    Paul Ritter poem:
    It was a battle,
    A hard one,
    That I could not tackle In the end,
    I made people laugh,
    Whenever they saw me,
    Sometimes I would be daft,
    Now that I am gone,
    I know it would be wrong to not say;
    shit on it!
    I am a legend and always be,
    Just remember me for it.
    ~Sapphire Safari
    I made that poem and I really miss Paul he still had a long path to go but my uncle died of the same thing but they are still watching they both were young Paul was 54 and my uncle was 34 and my uncle was just getting into football and Paul had a whole acting career ahead😖🥺💕
    R.I.P Paul fly high 🕊forever a legend a funny one.🥺

  • swift pulse
    swift pulse 6 days ago +1

    I'm sorry but u can't say sub in a death vid

  • swift pulse
    swift pulse 6 days ago

    Lets gets some r.i.p

  • ZacZaire
    ZacZaire 6 days ago

    Aw no, rest in peace mate, shame you didn’t make it to Mars.

  • the fusion team
    the fusion team 6 days ago

    So sad

  • Sandy Miranday
    Sandy Miranday 7 days ago

    B.e.S.T f'u"l'l D.a.T.i.n.G h.o.T G.i.r.L's -L-o-V-e-S-e-X-..❤️⤵️


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  • Gábor Tóth
    Gábor Tóth 7 days ago

    A huge loss. Shit on it!

  • Ruby Duncan
    Ruby Duncan 7 days ago

    I just found out today

  • Jo Ski
    Jo Ski 7 days ago

    One of my favourite comedy’s in years
    Rip Paul aka Martin ✌️

  • Rob Simpson
    Rob Simpson 7 days ago

    Superb talented actor and Paul will be greatly missed. He was also a comedy genius with so much more to offer, and our thoughts are with him, his family and the amazing cast and team, who gave us the Comedy Classic Friday Night Dinner. A very sad time for all and Paul will certainly never be forgotten.

  • Cyber Huntertube
    Cyber Huntertube 7 days ago

    Rip man

  • hated,but, rated
    hated,but, rated 7 days ago

    R.I.P BRO

  • MyChannel
    MyChannel 7 days ago +1

    The only thing I can say is

    Shit on it

  • Milkon Toast772
    Milkon Toast772 7 days ago +4

    I hate that it’s so upbeat when really it is tragic

  • Frank Dodd
    Frank Dodd 7 days ago

    Not great, not terrible.

  • Emily Taylor
    Emily Taylor 7 days ago


  • lgk23
    lgk23 7 days ago


    DARIN ATTARD 7 days ago

    Brilliant actor - RIP

  • vaXeldZ
    vaXeldZ 7 days ago +1

    Rip sodding bambino

  • Davey Boy
    Davey Boy 7 days ago

    My this legend rip forts and Condolences to he’s family and loved ones and friend may rip least he was with he’s family fly high Paul

  • Kameron Boyland
    Kameron Boyland 7 days ago

    Fly High Paul You've Brought Us So Many Memories You've Made Us All Laugh Miss You Loads Rest On Peace Bambino! 😭♥️🙏 shit on it

  • Austin Salter
    Austin Salter 7 days ago +1

    He can now enjoy his lovely bit of squirrel with Wilson fly high 🕊 ❤️ 😞

  • Scott Botham
    Scott Botham 7 days ago

    Rip :(

  • Jamie Villiers
    Jamie Villiers 7 days ago

    Shit on it 😭😭

  • Hazel Berk
    Hazel Berk 7 days ago


  • Pyro Sphynx
    Pyro Sphynx 7 days ago

    No more squirrel

  • Samo Gucký
    Samo Gucký 7 days ago

    He would probably say that his life was not great, but fans will say not terrible.

  • DansFilms
    DansFilms 7 days ago

    This music is awful

  • Ivy Iliev.
    Ivy Iliev. 7 days ago

    Not great, but so terrible

  • Tegan m
    Tegan m 7 days ago

    Fly high.. shit on it :(

  • Tegan m
    Tegan m 7 days ago

    He never made it to Mars 😢

  • Dj Daint
    Dj Daint 7 days ago


  • Konner Karpinski
    Konner Karpinski 7 days ago

    Shit on it 😭👑

  • Bradley Taffs
    Bradley Taffs 7 days ago


  • Bradley Taffs
    Bradley Taffs 7 days ago


  • Bradley Taffs
    Bradley Taffs 7 days ago


  • Bradley Taffs
    Bradley Taffs 7 days ago

    Rip #shitonit

  • Unitythefloofyboi
    Unitythefloofyboi 7 days ago

    I loved him 😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪

  • Fat Deer
    Fat Deer 8 days ago +1

    RIP Comrade Dyatlov

  • Evo Ak
    Evo Ak 8 days ago +1

    This hit so hard man :( he made me laugh so much we lost a legend was really hoping S7 would be filmed to see more of his stuff but the show ended on a high I can’t believe he’s gone

  • Jackie Francis
    Jackie Francis 8 days ago +1


  • Nicholas Lindsey
    Nicholas Lindsey 8 days ago +1

    This news is not great and absolutely terrible! R.I.P!!

  • Dumbo
    Dumbo 8 days ago

    Lovely bit of squirrel 🥺❤️🕊

  • YaBoiMarco
    YaBoiMarco 8 days ago +2

    “Goodbye bambinos”

  • Franklin Jordan
    Franklin Jordan 8 days ago +2


  • hitler
    hitler 8 days ago +1

    Cries um 3.6 rontgen per hour.
    Rip , not great not terrible......

  • cooL
    cooL 8 days ago +3

    well, we have good sides....
    he was with his family..
    and now he’s with Cynthia, nelly, and wilson,,, makes me tear up so much 🥺😢😢

  • Jo Ridge
    Jo Ridge 8 days ago

    How crass is this. Show some class please.

  • Liv
    Liv 8 days ago

    That canned meat :( I'm gonna miss him so much

  • CurryMan
    CurryMan 8 days ago +1

    R.I.P to a legend. Fly high 🕊❤️

  • Trixity
    Trixity 8 days ago +1

    Hes now in heaven with Wilson and cynthia...
    Martin: MUM?! SHIT ON IT!!

  • Potato Boy
    Potato Boy 8 days ago +1


  • Bethany Alcock
    Bethany Alcock 8 days ago +1

    RIP BAMBINO!🕊 I miss you so much!

  • Exponz
    Exponz 8 days ago

    Shit on it

  • Dallas
    Dallas 8 days ago +1

    I don’t know him much but I wish he was still around R.I.P💔

  • Farhaan Neetoo
    Farhaan Neetoo 8 days ago +3

    Oh shit on it 😭🥺

  • OngoingFire30
    OngoingFire30 8 days ago +3

    He was actually 55 years old not 54