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Harry Potter actor David Ryall dies aged 79


December 28, 2014
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David Ryall, who played Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , has died at the age of 79. The actor, whose five-decade career spanned TV, film and theatre, passed away on Christmas Day.

Sherlock star Mark Gatiss led the tributes to David on Twitter, writing: "The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. RIP."

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David's actress daughter Charlie Ryall thanked those who had sent their support on the social media site.

"Thank you to @Markgatiss and everyone who has sent kind words of love & encouragement about my Dad, the brilliant David Ryall," she tweeted.

"Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV & film," she added, acknowledging David's varied acting achievements. "Not just Harry Potter. Not that I don't love Harry Potter. I do, I do. But there's so much more."

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David starred in TV shows including The Village, Our Girl  and Trollied and films including The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse  and Around the World in 80 Days.

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