Simon Bird breaks silence over Paul Ritter's death saying he ‘loved and looked up to him'

Friday Night Dinner star Simon Bird, 36, has shared a moving message to Paul Ritter following the news of his death earlier this week. The actor posted this via his co-star Tom Rosenthal’s Twitter account.

Paul sadly passed away at the age of 54 earlier this week after suffering from a brain tumour.

Since the news emerged, many of his Friday Night Dinner co-stars have been sharing messages in tribute.

Now Simon has broken his silence with a moving goodbye to his on-screen father.

The star does not have his own account so posted it via Tom’s Twitter to his followers.

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Simon Bird breaks silence over Paul Ritter's death saying he ‘loved and looked up to him'

Simon Bird breaks silence over Paul Ritter’s death saying he ‘loved and looked up to him’ (Image: GETTY)

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The Friday Night Dinner cast have paid tribute (Image: GETTY)

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He wrote: “Not even going to touch the acting. That goes without saying. He was the best in the business.

“What’s less well known is that he was also the Platonic ideal of a green room companion: unfailingly generous (with praise, snacks, the Guardian Sport section); unendingly thoughtful (he would set up shop on the floor if he knew there were going to be more actors than chairs in that day); and undeniably cool (calm and collected in his flat cap, but an absolute coiled spring if there was a game in the offing).

“He was such a peaceful presence but throbbing with intelligence and – let’s not beat around the bush – entirely capable of a hilariously indiscreet and filthy broadside when in the mood.

“I think I’ll always aspire to be like Paul.

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Friday Night Dinner ran for 10 years on Channel 4 (Image: CHANNEL 4)

Tom Rosenthal

Tom Rosenthal shared Simon Bird’s message (Image: TWITTER)

“I guess that’ll happen when someone pretends to be your Dad for 10 years.

“I feel unbelievably fortunate to have spent so much time in that green room and hope his real bambinos know how much his fake bambinos loved and looked up to him.”

Simon starred alongside Paul as his on-screen son in the Channel 4 comedy series Friday Night Dinner.

Many of his other co-stars from the show have also shared tributes after news of his death was announced on Tuesday.

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Tom wrote on Twitter in view of his 117,000: “Thank you for all your messages, they’re a testament to how great an actor Paul was and how many lives he touched.

“He was the most devastatingly intelligent and conscientious person with an unmatched crossword acumen and an incredible memory.”

“If he met you once I swear he knew your name for life.

“Luckily for us he turned such a wonderful mind to bringing life to Martin Goodman for whom he would do whatever it took to make us laugh.”

The comedic actor also shared how Paul’s family are asking for any donations in his memory to be made to The Old Vic theatre.

His wife in the show Tamsin Greig also penned an emotional letter following the news.

In an essay for the Guardian, she wrote: “I first saw Paul on stage in Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests trilogy at the Old Vic in 2008.

“I couldn’t take my eyes off him. When I was told that they wanted him to play Martin Goodman in the pilot episode of Friday Night Dinner, I said: ‘You get him and I’m in.’

“Not only did Paul deliver in the role, he far surpassed everyone’s expectations – surprising, versatile, oddball, rooted in the clearest truth and always utterly, heart-stoppingly hilarious.”

This followed her sharing an image of the pair on her Instagram page calling the news “heartbreaking”.

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