Tamsin Greig pays tribute to her ‘brave’ co-star Paul Ritter at the Friday night dinner

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Tamsin Greig paid a heartfelt tribute to her co-star Paul Ritter at the Friday Night Dinner, following his death from a brain tumor on Monday, at the age of 54.

The actress, 56, who played his wife on-screen on the Channel 4 sitcom, praised his ‘tremendous courage and effort’ for filming a drama alongside her just weeks before he passed away.

In a poignant piece for the Guardian, Tamsin also described her boyfriend as “heartbreakingly hilarious,” before declaring that “the world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it.”

Tribute: Tamsin Greig paid a heartfelt tribute to her co-star Paul Ritter at the Friday Night Dinner, following his death from a brain tumor on Monday, aged 54 (pictured in Friday Night Dinner)

Tribute: Tamsin Greig paid a heartfelt tribute to her co-star Paul Ritter at the Friday Night Dinner, following his death from a brain tumor on Monday, aged 54 (pictured in Friday Night Dinner)

The two performed side by side for nine years as husband and wife Jackie and Martin Goodman in Friday Night Dinner.

And Tamsin shared how she was “honored” that Paul was willing to film next to her again in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anne Youngson’s Meet Me at the Museum novel, despite being “so sick.”

She explained: “It took him a tremendous amount of courage and effort to record the drama at a distance from his home when he was so sick, and I feel honored that he was so happy to agree to it. It is a beautiful legacy and tribute to his artistry, and a gift of time and experience that I will cherish. ‘

Praise: The actress, 56, who played his on-screen wife on the Channel 4 sitcom, praised his 'tremendous courage and effort' for filming a drama alongside her just weeks before he passed away (pictured in 2019)

Praise: The actress, 56, who played his on-screen wife on the Channel 4 sitcom, praised his 'tremendous courage and effort' for filming a drama alongside her just weeks before he passed away (pictured in 2019)

Praise: The actress, 56, who played his on-screen wife on the Channel 4 sitcom, praised his ‘tremendous courage and effort’ for filming a drama alongside her just weeks before he passed away (pictured in 2019)

The actress also shared that it was because of Paul, who first enchanted her onstage in Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests trilogy in 2008, that she agreed to star in Friday Night Dinner.

She said: “When I was told they wanted him to play Martin Goodman in the pilot episode of Friday Night Dinner, I said,” You get him and I’m in. ” Not only did Paul deliver in the role, he far exceeded expectations – surprising, versatile, eccentric, rooted in the plainest truth, and always utterly, heartbreakingly hilarious. ‘

In tribute to the star of Chernobyl and Harry Potter, Tamsin noted that she was ‘eternally grateful’ that their paths had crossed before they met his ‘kindness’, ‘attention to detail’ and his ‘dedication’ to his family and friends. praised.

Moving: In a poignant piece for the Guardian, Tamsin also described her boyfriend as 'heartbreakingly hilarious' before declaring 'the world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it' (pictured in 2020)

Moving: In a poignant piece for the Guardian, Tamsin also described her boyfriend as 'heartbreakingly hilarious' before declaring 'the world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it' (pictured in 2020)

Moving: In a poignant piece for the Guardian, Tamsin also described her boyfriend as ‘heartbreakingly hilarious’ before declaring ‘the world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it’ (pictured in 2020)

Tamsin added, ‘The world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it. Act lightly, my friend. You are much loved. ‘

Paul, who died at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah at his bedside, was best known to thousands of TV viewers as the affable father Martin Goodman on the Channel 4 sitcom, alongside Tamsin, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal.

His chilling turn in HBO drama Chernobyl saw him as one of the villains of the Ukrainian disaster, deputy chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, a world away from the light-hearted patriarch.

The two roles include an actor widely acclaimed today for his sheer reach and versatility on stage and on screen, balancing comedy roles with heavyweight roles in critically acclaimed dramas.

Honored: Tamsin shared how she was `` honored '' that Paul was willing to film next to her again in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anne Youngson's Meet Me at the Museum novel, despite being `` so sick '' (pictured in 2020)

Honored: Tamsin shared how she was `` honored '' that Paul was willing to film next to her again in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anne Youngson's Meet Me at the Museum novel, despite being `` so sick '' (pictured in 2020)

Honored: Tamsin shared how she was ‘honored’ that Paul was willing to film next to her again in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anne Youngson’s novel Meet Me at the Museum, despite being ‘so sick’ (pictured in 2020)

Courage: `` It took him tremendous courage and effort to record the drama at a distance from his home when he was so sick, and I feel honored that he agreed to it so happily ''

Courage: `` It took him tremendous courage and effort to record the drama at a distance from his home when he was so sick, and I feel honored that he agreed to it so happily ''

Courage: “ It took him tremendous courage and effort to record the drama at a distance from his home when he was so sick, and I feel honored that he agreed to it so happily ”

He has appeared in films such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Quantum of Solace, as well as in the acclaimed miniseries about the collapse of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant.

His final role in WWII movie Operation Mincemeat as Bentley Purchase has reportedly been completed but has not yet been released.

Acting figures paid tribute to the star, with veteran recording artist Eddie Marsan calling him ‘one of our greatest actors’, while Rob Delaney said one of his recent roles made him think ‘we have a new movie star’.

Former Dragons ‘Den star Theo Paphitis called him’ a great and versatile actor ‘, while Alexander Roach, who performed with him in No Offense, said:’ It was such a joy. One of our very best actors. ‘

TV star: The actress also shared that it was because of Paul, who first enchanted her onstage in Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests trilogy in 2008, that she agreed to star in Friday Night Dinner (pictured with on-screen sons, Tom Rosentha and Simon Bird)

TV star: The actress also shared that it was because of Paul, who first enchanted her onstage in Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests trilogy in 2008, that she agreed to star in Friday Night Dinner (pictured with on-screen sons, Tom Rosentha and Simon Bird)

TV star: The actress also shared that it was because of Paul, who first enchanted her onstage onstage in Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests trilogy in 2008, that she agreed to star in Friday Night Dinner ( pictured with sons Tom Rosentha and Simon Bird on screen.)

Deal: ‘When I was told they wanted him to play Martin Goodman in the Friday Night Dinner pilot episode, I said,’ You get him and I’ll join ‘

Stephen Mangan added, “I’m trying to find a way to talk about Paul Ritter and wrestling.

‘My friend since we were students together. So much talent and it even shone as a teenager of his. I was so lucky to know him and was also lucky enough to work with him many times over the years. Fantastic man. REST IN PEACE.’

Robert Popper, the writer and creator of Friday Night Dinner, paid tribute to Paul Ritter, describing him as “a sweet, nice guy.”

He broke up when he told BBC Nihal Arthanayake on Radio 5 Live, ‘No one ever had a bad word to say about him. He was the best actor I’ve ever worked with.

Warmly: Tamsin added, 'The world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it.  Act lightly, my friend.  You are dearly loved '

Warmly: Tamsin added, 'The world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it.  Act lightly, my friend.  You are dearly loved '

Warmly: Tamsin added, ‘The world is a less beautiful place without Paul in it. Act lightly, my friend. You are dearly loved ‘

‘But he was just so down to earth. This is a terrible and very sad day. ‘

A spokesperson for the actor said of his death: ‘We can confirm with great sadness that Paul Ritter passed away on Monday evening.

He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side.

He was 54 and suffered from a brain tumor.

Paul was an extraordinarily talented actor who played a tremendous variety of roles on stage and on screen with extraordinary skill.

‘He was extremely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him immensely. ‘

Rest in peace: Paul died at home on Monday with wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah at his bedside (pictured in 2019)

Rest in peace: Paul died at home on Monday with wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah at his bedside (pictured in 2019)

Rest in peace: Paul died at home on Monday with wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah at his bedside (pictured in 2019)