Film and TV Actor David Ryall Dies at 79 (Report)

David Ryall - H - 2014
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His recent film credits include this year's 'Mr. Turner' and 2010's 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'

David Ryall, a character actor with a lengthy film, theater and television résumé who is perhaps best known for a Harry Potter role, has reportedly died on Dec. 25 at age 79. 

Actor and writer Mark Gatiss announced the news on Twitter, as did Ryall's daughter, Charlie. "The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. RIP.," Gatiss wrote

"Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV & film. Not just Harry Potter," wrote Charlie Ryall on Twitter. 

Ryall's film credits include roles in this year's Mr. Turner, 2012's Quartet,  2010's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (as Elphias Doge), 2008's City of Ember, the 2004 remake of Around the World in 80 Days and in 1994's Black Beauty. 

On television, Ryall recently appeared in the BBC series The Village as Old Bert Middleton and in the comedy series Outnumbered. Recently, the actor appeared in theater productions including King Lear and Twelfth Night.

Ryall wrote a March 2014 column in The Guardian recalling his time performing at the National Theatre in the U.K. in the 1960's. "Others in the company used it as a leg up to doing movies, but I wanted a career on the stage," he recounted