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Paul Ritter’s real life as dad to two sons just like Friday Night Dinner

Paul Ritter is greatest remembered for taking part in the shirtless dad in comedy sequence Friday Night Dinner, however followers could not know he was really a father to two sons in real life just like his character.

The actor died this week aged 55 after a secret battle with a brain tumour, and his passing has thrown the showbiz world into mourning.

Many followers knew him from his position as dad of two Martin Goodman in Friday Night Dinner, which portrayed a household as they sat down for his or her tea each night time solely to face quite a few disruptions.

In the present, Martin and his spouse Jackie had been mother and father to two sons performed by Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal as Adam and Jonny.

In real life, Paul was additionally dad to two boys, Frank and Noah, together with his spouse Polly.

He had been secretly battling a brain tumour in current months, and handed away on Monday together with his spouse and two sons by his facet.



Paul Ritter as Martin Goodman in Friday Night Dinner with spouse Jackie and sons Adam and Jonny

An announcement launched by his agent confirmed: “It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night.

“He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.



Friday Night Dinner's Martin (Paul Ritter), Johnny (Tom Rosenthal), Adam (Simon Bird) Jackie (Tamsin Greig)
Paul performed dad Martin within the present which adopted a household trying to sit down for dinner collectively

Paul saved a lot of his personal life non-public, however had beforehand admitted he used a few of his real experiences to play dad Martin.

Paul even confessed lots of the character’s mannerisms got here from his personal dad, saying: “Lots of the mannerisms come from my own dear old departed dad.

“He was a really humorous man as effectively. There comes a degree the place all of us flip into our dads and I’m effectively down that street at this level.”



Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter
Paul Ritter had been secretly battling a brain tumour


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Since information of his loss of life broke, followers of the present have flocked to Twitter to categorical their unhappiness and lots of insisted Paul’s character actually embodied British dads.

One tweeted: “Not only is Martin Goodman the heart of Friday Night Dinner, but Paul Ritter’s performance gives us maybe the definitive ‘British Dad’ on TV.

“Having grown up with no dad and making ready now to turn into one, beneath the silliness of FND I gained a lot from Ritter’s work. Rest effectively.”


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Another wrote: “Paul Ritter was the highest calibre of actor. You always forgot it was him, like a chameleon he moulded himself perfectly to the role be it comedy or drama.

“The villain or the hero or the dad all of us knew. An enormous loss and so younger. RIP.”

One more tweeted: “Martin was each fifty-something dad. In a world of his personal, obsessive, awkward and hilarious.

“Genius creation and an outstanding performance from Paul Ritter. What a talent.”

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