Following the news of his death, tributes have begun pouring in for the star.
Comedian Michael Smiley wrote: “Really sad news, a hero in our house, a brilliant actor, just flawless performances.
“Friday Night Dinner will never be the same. RIP Paul Ritter. Sending prayers and thoughts to his loved ones.”
Actor Shaun Dooley added: “Awful awful news. Paul Was an incredible actor and more importantly an absolutely lovely man.
“An honour to have known and worked with you sir. Rest in peace Paul. Sending love to his family.”