Paul Ritter (actor)

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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 Tony Award in 2009 for his role in The Norman Conquests.[6] In 2012, he appeared in the stage version of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre (as Ed Boone, the father of the main character Christopher[7]) and in 2013 as John Major in the premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience. In 2015, he played a lead role in BBC1's Cold War serialised spy drama, The Game.


Year Title 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
2011 Land Girls Frank Tucker
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
2014 Mapp and Lucia Reverend Kenneth Bartlett
2015 Suite Française Monsieur Dubois
2015 No Offence Randolph Miller
2015 Top Coppers Harry McCrane


  1. ^ Catriona Wightman. "National Theatre : Company Members : Paul Ritter". National Theatre. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Dan French (15 October 2009). "McKee, Blethyn sign for new ITV1 thriller". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Catriona Wightman (13 February 2010). "Greig, Bird for new Channel 4 comedy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  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". Playbill. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Geoghegan, Kev (6 August 2012). "National Theatre adapts Mark Haddon's Curious Incident". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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