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'Brilliant' Harry Potter star David Ryall dies aged 79


Tributes: David Ryall

Tributes: David Ryall

Tributes: David Ryall

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to veteran actor David Ryall, known for roles in Harry Potter and Outnumbered, who died aged 79 on Christmas Day.

The actor, whose career spanned more than half a century, replaced Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge in 2010's Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1.

He also played the grandfather in BBC sitcom Outnumbered and had several theatre roles.

Actor Mark Gatiss, who co-created the Sherlock series, described him as "a twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. RIP".

Daughter Charlie Ryall, also an actor, asked people to remember his "huge five-decade-spanning career... not just Harry Potter".

"Not that I don't love Harry Potter. I do, I do. But there's so much more," she wrote on Twitter.

Belfast Telegraph