David Ryall, maybe best known to American audiences for playing Elphias Doge in 2010’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I but who appeared in a slew of British TV series and miniseries over a five-decade career, died on Christmas Day. He was 79.
Ryall’s daughter, actress Charlie Ryall, confirmed the news via Twitter.
Rayall’s extensive UK TV credits included the BBC’s The Singing Detective in the mid-1980s and roles on such staple Brit series as Prime Suspect, The Return Of Shelley, The Borrowers, Foyle’s War and most recently the BBC’s Outnumbered and The Village. In the latter series he played Old Bert, who serves as town patriarch and narrator in the series about life in a Derbyshire village in the early 1900s.
On the feature side, Ryall’s credits included 2008’s City Of Ember, Deathly Hallows Part I, 2011’s Hysteria starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and this year’s Mr. Turner starring Timothy Spall, playing a footman. According to IMBb, his most recent project was the Gabe Ibanez-directed sci-fi thriller Automata which starred Antonio Banderas. Millennium Films released it in the U.S. in October.