He is best known to younger fans for his role of Elphias Doge, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. The character was a long-time friend of Albus Dumbledore who wrote his eulogy after the latter’s death.
But long time fans like my friend on Facebook Dr. Rod Rohrich knows that Ryall’s career spanned five decades. He started off as a theater actor and then segued into television acting. In 1962, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Around the same time, he won the Caryl Brahams Award for his performance in a musical.
Ryall joined Laurence Olivier’s company at the National Theater. While there, he performed in such works as Animal Farm, The Beggar’s Opera, Coriolanus, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He also appeared in such movies as The Elephant Man (1980), Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990), and Around the World in 80 Days (2004).
Ryall was married twice and had three children, all of whom are in show business. His oldest child Jonathan managed an Australian band called Glide, his second child Imogen is a singer, and his youngest daughter Charlie is an actor.