Paul Ritter (actor)
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Paul Ritter Actor

Paul Ritter
Born (1966-03-05) 5 March 1966 (age 53)

Paul Ritter (born 5 March 1966)[] 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 Vera,[1]Friday Night Dinner,[2]The Hollow Crown,[3] Peredur in The Last Kingdom[4] and Anatoly Dyatlov in Chernobyl.

Paul Ritter's real name is Radcliffe-Adams and Ritter is his stage name. 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.[7] He was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his role in The Norman Conquests.[8] 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[9] and in 2013 as John Major in the premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience.


Year Title Role Notes
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
2007 Hannibal Rising Prisoner Louis
2008 The Other Man Guy
2008 Quantum of Solace Guy Haines
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Eldred Worple
2009 Nowhere Boy Popjoy
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
2011 Eliminate: Archie Cookson Ennis Miller
2012 Comedy Showcase Jim Costello
2012 Dirk Gently Oliver Reynolds
2012 Henry IV, Part II Pistol
2014 The Bletchley Circle Professor Masters TV series (Episode: Blood on their hands - Part 2
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
2014 Suite Française Monsieur Dubois
2014 The Bletchley Circle Professor Masters
2015-present No Offence Randolph Miller
2015 Top Coppers Harry McCrane
2015 We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story Jimmy Perry
2016 Their Finest Raymond Parfitt
2016 Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories Dr. Benham/Martyn/Mr. Alman
2016 Inferno CRC Tech Arbogast
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Franklyn
2017-2019 Cold Feet Benjamin Stevens
2018 Lovesick Peter
2018 Hang Ups Werner Lienhard
2019 Resistance General Ormonde Winter
2019 Chernobyl Anatoly Dyatlov
2019 The Capture Marcus Levy
TBA Operation Mincemeat Filming


  1. ^ Dan French (15 October 2009). "McKee, Blethyn sign for new ITV1 thriller". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Catriona Wightman (13 February 2010). "Greig, Bird for new Channel 4 comedy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 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 2012.
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  5. ^ Catriona Wightman. "National Theatre : Company Members : Paul Ritter". National Theatre. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ Lawrence, Ben (22 July 2012). "The Hollow Crown: Henry V, BBC Two, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ 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 2010.
  9. ^ Geoghegan, Kev (6 August 2012). "National Theatre adapts Mark Haddon's Curious Incident". BBC News. Retrieved 2012.

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