Star of Stage and Screen Paul Ritter Has Died

MuggleNet is saddened to report that British actor Paul Ritter, who portrayed Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has died.

Ritter is reported to have died last night after a brain tumor at the age of 55. His agents have confirmed to the Guardian that he passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Olivier and Tony-nominated for his work onstage, Ritter gained popularity among TV audiences for his portrayal of Martin Goodman in the British sitcom Friday Night Dinner, the final episode of which aired in May 2020. He also starred as Anatoly Dyatlov in the critically acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl and as Guy Haines in the 2008 James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.

Fellow actors and those working in TV, film, and theater have been paying tribute to Ritter. Among them are his close friend Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Rush), Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss, and actor Russell Tovey (Grabbers, The Good Liar).





We here at MuggleNet send our condolences to Mr. Ritters’s family and friends at this time.


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Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!