Paul Ritter (actor)

Paul Ritter
Born (1966-03-05) 5 March 1966 (age 54)
Years active1992–present

Paul Ritter (born 5 March 1966)[citation needed] is an English stage and screen actor. He is best known 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 Friday Night Dinner,[1] Vera,[2] The Hollow Crown ,[3] The Last Kingdom[4] and Chernobyl.


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, 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 to 2006, Ritter played Otis Gardiner in the original Royal National Theatre production of Helen Edmundson's Coram Boy, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.[7][8] He was also nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his role in The Norman Conquests.[9] In 2012, he appeared as the protagonist's father in the stage version of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre[10] and in 2013 as John Major in the premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience.

As of 2020 he is known for playing Martin Goodman in Channel 4 comedy series Friday Night Dinner, a role he has played since 2011.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Bill - Overdue Tony Walgrave
1999 G:MT Greenwich Mean Time Drug Buyer
2000 The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Dave
2002 Esther Kahn Alman, the photographer
2004 The Libertine Chiffinch
2005 On a Clear Day Mad Bob
2007 Son of Rambow Geography teacher
Hannibal Rising Prisoner Louis
Waking the Dead Alan Pierce TV series (Episode: "Mask of Sanity - Series 6")
2008 The Other Man Guy
Quantum of Solace Guy Haines
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Eldred Worple
Nowhere Boy Popjoy
2010 No Pressure Office Manager Short film
2011–present Friday Night Dinner Martin Goodman Series regular, All 37 episodes
2011 Great Expectations John Wemmick
Land Girls Frank Tucker
The Eagle Galba
2011–2013 Vera Dr Billy Cartwright
2011 Eliminate: Archie Cookson Ennis Miller
2012 Comedy Showcase Jim Costello
Dirk Gently Oliver Reynolds
Henry IV, Part II Ancient Pistol
2014 The Bletchley Circle Professor Masters TV series (Episode: "Blood on their hands - Part 2")
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Eric Sykes
Chasing Shadows Leonard Vance
The Game Bobby Waterhouse
Mapp and Lucia Reverend Kenneth Bartlett
Suite Française Monsieur Dubois
Plebs Angelo TV series (Episode: "The Baby" - Series 2)
2015–2018 No Offence Randolph Miller
2015 Top Coppers Harry McCrane
The Last Kingdom King Peredur Season 1: Episode 6
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story Jimmy Perry
2016 Their Finest Raymond Parfitt
Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories Dr. Benham/Martyn/Mr. Alman
Inferno CRC Tech Arbogast
2017 Urban Myths Dave Episode: "Bob Dylan: Knockin' on Dave's Door"
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Franklyn
2017–2020 Cold Feet Benjamin Stevens
2018 Lovesick Peter
Hang Ups Werner Lienhard
2019 Resistance General Ormonde Winter
Chernobyl Anatoly Dyatlov
The Capture Marcus Levy
2019–2020 The Trial of Christine Keeler Jeremy Hutchinson Defence barrister of Christine Keeler
2020 Belgravia[11] Turton TV Series
TBA Operation Mincemeat TBA Post-production

Awards and nominations

Year Award/Event Category Work Result Ref
2006 Olivier Awards Best Performance in a Supporting Role Coram Boy Nominated [12]
2009 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play The Norman Conquests Nominated [13]
2019 Online Film & Television Association Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Limited Series
Shared with entire cast
Chernobyl Nominated [14]


  1. ^ Catriona Wightman (13 February 2010). "Greig, Bird for new Channel 4 comedy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  2. ^ Dan French (15 October 2009). "McKee, Blethyn sign for new ITV1 thriller". 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.
  4. ^ http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/dvr5q5/the-last-kingdom--series-1---episode-6
  5. ^ Catriona Wightman. "National Theatre : Company Members : Paul Ritter". National Theatre. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  6. ^ Lawrence, Ben (22 July 2012). "The Hollow Crown: Henry V, BBC Two, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Olivier Awards 2006 - Official London Theatre". Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  9. ^ Andrew Gans (5 May 2009). "Nominations for 2009 Tony Awards Announced; Billy Elliot Earns 15 Nominations". Playbill. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  10. ^ Geoghegan, Kev (6 August 2012). "National Theatre adapts Mark Haddon's Curious Incident". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Meet the cast of ITV's Belgravia". Radio Times.
  12. ^ "Olivier Winners 2006 - Official London Theatre". Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Paul Ritter Tony Awards Info". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  14. ^ "23rd Annual TV Awards (2018-19) - Online Film & Television Association". Retrieved 25 January 2020.

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