David Ryall

TV Actor

David Ryall was born in England, United Kingdom on January 5th, 1935 and is the TV Actor. At the age of 79, David Ryall biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, TV shows, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
David John Ryall
Date of Birth
January 5, 1935
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
England, United Kingdom
Death Date
Dec 25, 2014 (age 79)
Zodiac Sign
Film Actor, Stage Actor, Television Actor
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Gillian Eddison, ​ ​(m. 1964; div. 1984)​, Cathy Buchwald, ​ ​(m. 1985; div. 2001)​, Penny England ​(m. 2003)​
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David Ryall Life

David John Ryall, who was born in 1935 but died on December 25, 2014, was an English stage, film, and television actor.

He appeared in Lytton's Diary and Goodnight Sweetheart, as well as memorable roles in Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective and Andrew Davies' adaptation of To Play the King.

Billy Buzzle appeared in the ITV sitcom Bless Me, Father, and Frank, as well as Frank in the BBC sitcom Outnumbered.

Early life

Ryall was educated at Shoreham and Wallington grammar schools while growing up in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. In 1962, he received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; during which time he received the Caryl Brahms Award for a Musical.

Personal life

Jonathan Ryall (born 1966), the artist of the Australian band Glide; Imogen Ryall (born 1967), who is a singer and Charlie Ryall (born 1986), who is also an actor, was a father and two daughters.

Ryall died on December 25, 2014, at the age of 79.


David Ryall Career


After leaving RADA, he ventured into repertory theatre in Salisbury, Bristol, Leicester, and Birmingham (including King Lear and The Master Builder), then Laurence Olivier's company with the National Theatre from 1965 to 1973. During this period, he appeared in many new and influential plays, including Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and Adrian Mitchell's Tyger. Guys and Dolls, The Beggar's Opera, Coriolanus (for which he received the Clarence Derwent Award in 1985), and Animal Farm, The School for Wives, Wild Oats, Democracy, and The UN Inspector were among the National Theatre's other performances. In the long-running BBC series Last of the Summer Wine, Jimmy Allen played a small part as a mechanic in the episode Earnshaw Strikes Back. With Julian Barry, who remained a lifelong friend, he worked on 'A Matter of the Officers' and Jean Seberg in 1983. A Leap in the Light was a one-man display of stories and poems by Edward Bond at the National Theatre in 1984.

In the March 1990 docudrama Who Bombed Birmingham, Ryall portrayed discredited scientist Frank Skuse.

In 1994, he appeared in Sir Peter Hall's production of Twelfth Night, an appearance that was praised highly by Sir Alec Guinness in his autobiography. He appeared in The Mysteries and Polonius in Hamlet in 1996–97, where he was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award during the company's tour of the United States.

He worked with Sir Peter Hall in the West End's 1999 production of Lenny, as well as in the 2000 epic Tantalus in Colorado and the United Kingdom. Ryall continued to be a regular fixture in the theatre, with appearances in Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho and the Donmar Warehouse in 2007.

The Knowledge, The Singing Detective, Shelley, Inspector Morse, Bond Morse, Midsomer Murders, Ben and Elizabeth, Down to Earth (2000 TV series), Foyle's War, Plotlands, State of Play, The Elephant Man, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Black Beauty, and Two Men Went to War are among his television and film credits. In episode 4 of BBC drama Bonekickers, Max, an antiques dealer, appeared as Max.

Winston Churchill appeared in Le Grand Charles, a French television drama based on Charles de Gaulle's life, in 2005.

Ryall appeared on BBC One's Outnumbered from 2007 to 2011, in which he played Frank (also known as "Grandad"), a character that suffers from dementia. In series 1 and 2, the character appeared. In 2009 and 2011, Ryall reprised his role in the Christmas specials. The Christmas special was held on December 26, 2016.

In 2010, Ryall portrayed Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

In the BBC One version of the M.R., Ryall appeared as Dr. Rant. A ghost tale about James Tractate Middoth is included in the 2013 edition of A Ghost Story for Christmas. He appeared in the BBC Drama Our Girl starring Lacey Turner for a brief time, and as Old Bert, Britain's oldest man who reminisces about his long life through a series of flashbacks, for a brief period of time.

In Call the Midwife, Ryall's last appearance was in Call the Midwife, where he portrayed Tommy Mills. In the closing credits, this episode was shown on BBC One on March 1, 2015, and it was dedicated to his memory.