Paul Ritter has passed away at the age of 54, following a brain tumour.
The Friday Night Dinner star's agent confirmed the sad news in a statement that he died on Monday (April 5).
"It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night," they said in a statement.
"He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.
"Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill.
"He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly."
Ritter was best-known for his role in the Channel 4 comedy show Friday Night Dinner, where he played family patriarch Martin.
He starred alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal in the popular show that's been running since 2011.
A retrospective special is due to air on Channel 4 later this year to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary, with Ritter set to appear.
Ritter also appeared in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as Eldred Worple, a friend of Professor Slughorn who tries to get Harry to write his memoir.
He also had a role in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, and played Anatoly Dyatlov in the HBO mini-series Chernobyl.
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