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Paul Ritter (actor)

Paul Ritter
Occupation Actor

Paul Ritter is a British stage and screen actor.

Ritter has had roles in Quantum of Solace, Son of Rambow, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Nowhere Boy, The Eagle and the 2007 television serial Instinct.[1]

He has also appeared in the comedy drama Pulling, the ITV1 thriller Vera,[2] and the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner.[3] He played Pistol in Henry IV, Part II in BBC 2's cycle of Shakespeare's history plays, The Hollow Crown.[4] The Telegraph described Ritter as 'an actor who is surely destined for greatness very soon. His Pistol conveyed perfectly the shock of a man who reluctantly had left behind the rowdy cheer of Eastcheap, and found himself in middle age contemplating the melancholy of a medieval autumn.'[5] Ritter portrayed the late comic actor Eric Sykes in Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This.

Ritter was nominated for a The Audience.


Year Film Role
2007 Son of Rambow Geography teacher
2008 Quantum of Solace Guy Haines
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Eldred Worple
2011-present Friday Night Dinner Martin Goodman
2011 Great Expectations John Wemmick
2012 Comedy Showcase Jim Costello
2012 Dirk Gently Oliver Reynolds
2012 Henry IV, Part II Pistol
2014 Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Eric Sykes
2014 Chasing Shadows Leonard Vance
2014 The Game Bobby Waterhouse
2015 Mapp and Lucia Reverend Kenneth Bartlett


  1. ^ Catriona Wightman. "National Theatre : Company Members : Paul Ritter".  
  2. ^ Dan French (15 October 2009). "McKee, Blethyn sign for new ITV1 thriller".  
  3. ^ Catriona Wightman (13 February 2010). "Greig, Bird for new Channel 4 comedy".  
  4. ^ "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Lawrence, Ben (22 July 2012). "The Hollow Crown: Henry V, BBC Two, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Andrew Gans (5 May 2009). "Nominations for 2009 Tony Awards Announced; Billy Elliot Earns 15 Nominations".  
  7. ^ Geoghegan, Kev (6 August 2012). "National Theatre adapts Mark Haddon's Curious Incident". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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