You may know David Ryall from his wide-ranging film, television and theater career, but he is most widely known for his role in the film Harry Potter Deathly Hallows.
Sadly, David Ryall died on Christmas Day, making it a devastating holiday for his family. No further information has been released about his death just yet.
David Ryall had been an actor for fifty years, with his career taking him to film, TV and theater. He played in a movie called The Elephant Man, and made television appearances in Outnumbered and The Village.
His daughter Charlie Ryall had this to say after his untimely death:
“Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV & film.”
His passing also spurred social media comments from others like Mark Gatiss, writer of Sherlock, who called Ryall “a twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. RIP.”
Ryall was in a TV movie that Mark Gatiss directed called The Tractate Middoth back in 2013.
In the Harry Potter series, David Ryall replaced Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge, making his first appearance in Deathly Hallows Part 1. His character was close friends with Albus Dumbledore and he was a Ministry of Magic jurist, as well as a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
Other films David Ryall played in include the 2004 version of Around the World in 80 Days; Truly, Madly, Deeply in the 1990s and The Elephant Man in the 1980s. In 1977, he played alongside Diana Rigg in Celluloid Dreams, a television drama.
The beginning of his career started o the stage, first becoming a familiar actor on British television. In 1962, David Ryall received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At this time, he also won the Caryl Brahams Award for a musical he played in. He later appeared in well-known plays like Guildenstern Are Dead and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz.
David Ryall furthered his theater career, taking it national in plays like The Beggar’s Opera and Animal Farm, Guys and Dolls, The School of Wives, Coriolanus and Democracy and The UN Inspector. Even as recent as 2007, David Ryall continued making appearances in theater, like in Patrick Marber’s Don Juan at the Donmar Warehouse in Soho.
David Ryall leaves behind a son Jonathan Ryall, who is a music manager, along with two daughters, Imogen Ryall, a singer and Charlie Ryall, an actress.