Veteran British actor David Ryall, who is best known Harry Potter’s Elphias Doge, died on Christmas Day this year. He was 79 years old.
The news was revealed on Saturday by British character actor and Sherlock writer, Mark Gatiss, via Twitter. He shared the sad news with the following message:
Ryall's career spanned over half a century and crossed over the genres of movie, television and theatre. His film credits include The Elephant Man (1980), the original Woman in Black (1989) and Around the World in 80 Days (2004).
The actor is most famous to American audiences for playing Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 after replacing Peter Cartwright in the role. His character was a close friend of Albus Dumbledore who penned the deceased wizards heartfelt obituary. Doge was also a Ministry of Magic jurist and a proud Order of the Phoenix member.
David Ryall is succeeded by his son, band manager Jonathan Ryall and his two daughters, singer Imogen Ryall and actress Charlie Ryall.
Our thoughts are with Ryall's family over this difficult festive period.
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