Harry Potter Actor David Ryall is Dead
David Ryall was a familiar face on TV – but more recently turned his attention to Hogwarts
Actor David Ryall – known to a generation of Harry Potter fans for playing Elphias Doge in the first Deathly Hallows movie – has died aged 79.
According to reports the veteran actor, who also starred in the likes of Outnumbered, The Village and The Singing Detective, passed away on Christmas Day although no further information was given.
Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss – who directed Ryall in TV movie The Tractate Middoth in 2013 – was among those paying tribute, calling him a ‘twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor’:
Ryall, who was a character actor known both for his stage and screen work, had a career which spanned over five decades and included roles in Holby City, Casualty, Goodnight Sweetheart and the original version of House Of Cards – long before Harry Potter came calling.
Although his role in Deathly Hallows Part 1 was a small one it was significant, with the actor sharing screen space with Daniel Radcliffe at Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding before Elphias Doge disapparates to avoid the arrival of the Death Eaters.
The actor’s later roles included that of Frank, the dementia-stricken grandfather, in BBC comedy hit Outnumbered – with Ryall appearing regularly in the first two series of the show before reprising the role in the 2009 and 2011 Christmas specials.
More recently he played Old Bert, the narrator of BBC One hit The Village – who recalls his life through a series of flashbacks – as well as appearing in the Sky One comedy Trollied.
Ryall is survived by a son and two daughters.
Via (Metro UK)