LONDON (dpa) – British actor David Ryall, who will be remembered for playing Elphias Doge in the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows film, died on Christmas Day aged 79, family members said Sunday.
Daughter and fellow actor Charlie Ryall said, “Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV & film. Not just Harry Potter.”
Ryall replaced Peter Cartwright as Doge in 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, an ally of Hogwarts headmaster Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Ryall, who joined the National Theatre in 1962 on leaving London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, appeared in the 2004 Around the World in 80 Days; Truly, Madly, Deeply in 1990 and The Elephant Man in 1980.
Actor turned writer and producer Mark Gatiss, who directed Ryall in The Tractate Middoth in 2013, described him as a “twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor”.
Scriptwriter David Brown tweeted that Ryall played “one of the best Inspector Morse baddies. Derek Whittaker – driving test psycho who tried to knife Morse”.