Paul Ritter showed how dedicated he was to his craft when he followed a strict regime to get him ready for filming Friday Night Dinner.
The actor, who also starred in Harry Potter, has sadly died at the age of 54 after battling a brain tumour.
He was best known for playing patriarch Martin Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy series, and he once spoke about how he got into the role.
Paul appeared topless in a number of scenes and revealed in an interview given back in 2020 that he would avoid sweet treats and alcohol to stay in shape for the role.
He told the Radio Times: “I do steer clear of the very tempting puddings the Friday Night Dinner caterers serve up and I go teetotal during filming.
“That’s how you get to see the sculpted body that people so admire.”
Paul also said that he had been told he’d have to go topless from early on and he agreed to it.
He explained: “The topless idea was explained to me quite early on and like a fool I said, ‘Yeah fine.’
“One leaves one’s dignity at the door, I guess.
“There’s a great quote from Burt Kwouk talking about the Pink Panther films.
“He said, ‘Always take the work seriously but not yourself.’
“That’s what I’ve tried to do.”
A statement from Paul’s agent released on Tuesday confirmed the sad news of his passing.
The statement said: “He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side.
“He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.”
The statement from Paul’s agent is the first time reports of a health battle had been made public.