Tamsin Greig: "Without Paul Ritter, the world is a less brilliant place"

Published Apr 07 2021 at 11:00 AM GMT
  • Tamsin Greig and Paul Ritter played the Goodmans for six seasons of the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner.
  • She pays tribute to her friend and co-star, who died on 5 April Paul Ritter will be remembered as a brilliantly inventive chameleon of an actor, as much at home in the guise of a mendacious Soviet nuclear engineer as of a comedic Jewish father to his two childish bambinos.
  • I first saw Paul on stage in Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests trilogy at the Old Vic in 2008.
  • I couldn't take my eyes off him.
  • When I was told that 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 surpassed everyone's expectations " surprising, versatile, oddball, rooted in the clearest truth and always utterly, heart-stoppingly hilarious.


  • Published Apr 7, 2021 11:00 AM GMT