‘Harry Potter’ Actor David Ryall Has Passed Away at 79

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British actor David Ryall passed away on Christmas day at the age of 79.

Audiences may know him best from his wizardly role as Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. However, his illustrious career has spanned decades – in theater, the big screen, and on TV series’.

The creator of Sherlock, Mark Gatiss, tweeted out the news of his passing:

David had appeared in Gatiss’ directorial debut, The Tractate Middoth (2013). His daughter, Charlie Ryall, tweeted out her wishes for people to remember her father for more than is role on Harry Potter:


Ryall’s character Elphias Doge was a member of the Ministry of Magic and Order of the Phoenix, and also a close friend of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Elphias Doge was played by Peter Cartwright in the fifth Harry Potter film, Order of the Phoenix.

Ryall has recently been starring on a couple British TV series’, such as The Village, Trollied, and OutnumberedOther movies he has been in include Around the World in 80 Days, Hysteria, the Oscar-nominated Quartet, and this year’s critically acclaimed Mr. Turner.

RIP. Our thoughts go out to his family.

[Lead photo credit: Warner Bros.]