According to his agent, Jonty Brook, Ritter died after battling a brain tumor.
“He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah,” Brooke said. “Paul was an exceptionally talented actor who played a variety of roles on stage and screen with exceptional skills. He was very intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him dearly.”
In the UK, Ritter is best known for his six-season work in the comedic family sitcom “Friday Night Dinner”, which airs on Channel 4.
His other credits include HBO’s roles in “Chernobyl,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, and the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.
On stage, Ritter created an equally impressive resume with productions such as “All My Sons,” “Quorum Boy” and “The Norman Conquest” among his credits. He was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for the latter two, respectively.