Paul Ritter (actor)

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Paul Ritter
Born (1966-03-05) 5 March 1966 (age 50)
Occupation Actor

Paul Ritter (born 5 March 1966) is a British stage and screen actor. He is most famous for his roles in films including Quantum of Solace, Son of Rambow, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and The Eagle, as well as Television programmes including Vera,[1] Friday Night Dinner,[2] The Hollow Crown [3] and as Peredur in The Last Kingdom.[4]

Ritter's screen work has included roles in Nowhere Boy, the 2007 television serial Instinct,[5] the comedy drama Pulling, the role of Pistol in Henry IV, Part II in BBC Two's cycle of William Shakespeare's history plays, The Hollow Crown, the late comic actor Eric Sykes in Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This and a lead role in BBC One's 2014 serialised Cold War spy drama, The Game. The Daily 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.'[6]

From 2005-2006, Ritter played Otis Gardiner in the original Royal National Theatre production of Helen Edmundson's Coram Boy.[7] He was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his role in The Norman Conquests.[8] 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[9]) and in 2013 as John Major in the premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience.


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
2011 The Eagle Galba
2011-2013 Vera Dr Billy Cartwright
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
2015 We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story Jimmy Perry


  1. ^ Dan French (15 October 2009). "McKee, Blethyn sign for new ITV1 thriller". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Catriona Wightman (13 February 2010). "Greig, Bird for new Channel 4 comedy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "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. 
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  5. ^ Catriona Wightman. "National Theatre : Company Members : Paul Ritter". National Theatre. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, Ben (22 July 2012). "The Hollow Crown: Henry V, BBC Two, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
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  8. ^ Andrew Gans (5 May 2009). "Nominations for 2009 Tony Awards Announced; Billy Elliot Earns 15 Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Geoghegan, Kev (6 August 2012). "National Theatre adapts Mark Haddon's Curious Incident". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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