Renowned actor Paul Ritter has sadly died from a brain tumour. He was 54.
He made audiences in the UK and around the world laugh until their sides hurt in Friday Night Dinner as Martin.
The actor was a force to be reckoned with when he portrayed Anatoly Dyatlov, the deputy chief-engineer who wouldn't be told there was a problem in reactor 4, in HBO's Chernobyl.
He also took on the character of Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Ritter's on-screen son in Friday Night Dinner, Tom Rosenthal, has paid tribute to his long time colleague.
Writing on Twitter, Rosenthal thanked fans for their kind words and shared his condolences with Ritter's family.
He said: "Incredibly sad and thoughts are with Polly, Frank and Noah. x
"Thank you for all your messages, they're a testament to how great an actor Paul was and how many lives he touched. He was the most devastatingly intelligent and conscientious person with an unmatched crossword acumen and an incredible memory.
"If he met you once I swear he knew your name for life. Luckily for us he turned such a wonderful mind to bringing life to Martin Goodman for whom he would do whatever it took to make us laugh.
"Anyone who's seen Friday Night Dinner knows the amount of s**t we put him through and I never once heard him complain.
"I'll be forever thankful for working with someone who was so supportive and who taught me so much about professionalism and humility in acting."
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