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David Ryall, ‘Harry Potter’s’ Elphias Doge, Dead at 79

Veteran British actor starred in ”The Elephant Man,“ ”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1“ and ”Around the World in 80 Days“

Veteran actor David Ryall, best known by Americans as Elphias Doge in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, died on Christmas, Dec. 25 at the age of 79.

Friend and colleague Mark Gatiss, “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” writer, broke the news on Twitter.

“The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. RIP,” Gatiss wrote.

His daughter, actress Charlie Ryall, thanked Gatiss and her father’s fans for their “love & encouragement” on Twitter, as well.

Ryall replaced Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge on 2010’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.” Elphias, Dumbledore’s (Michael Gambon) schoolmate. “Harry Potter” fans will remember that Elphias wrote an obituary of Dumbledore for The Daily Prophet and openly defended Dumbledore’s integrity.

In addition to “Deathly Hallows,” Ryall’s numberous film credits include 2008’s “City of Ember,” 2004’s “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Elephant Man” in 1980.

His television credits include ITV’s “Midsomer Murders” (pictured above) in 2009, BBC One comedy “Outnumbered,” BBC’s “The Village,” “The Singing Detective” and the miniseries “House of Cards,” which was adapted for U.S. audiences by Netflix.

The actor started out in theater and would go on to appear in numerous productions from some of Britain’s greatest theater companies, including Laurence Olivier‘s company with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In addition to Charlie, Ryall had one son, music manager Jonathan Ryall, and one other daughters, singer Imogen Ryall.