Popular British Actor Ronald Pickup Dies At 80 After Long Illness
Ronald Pickup, the British actor popular for his roles in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films and “The Crown,” is dead. The actor died on 24th February at the age of 80.
Pickup’s agent said he “passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family,”
Born on June 7, 1940, in Chester, England, Pickup was an actor that performed across film, television, radio and theatre. He is popular internationally for his role in the 2011 film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and its 2015 sequel. Pickup also played the archbishop of Canterbury in the first season of “The Crown” in 2016. In the following year, he portrayed Neville Chamberlain in the Winston Churchill film “Darkest Hour.”
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Ronald graduated from the University of Leeds in 1962 with a degree in English. The actor had his big break after landing his first television role as a physician in an episode of “Doctor Who.” Titled “The Tyrant of France,”. He went on to star in his own four-part mini-series “The Dragon’s Opponent”. In the series, Ronald portrayed World War II bomb disposal expert Charles Howard. He also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, where he met his wife and became a member of the RADA Academy. Upon graduation in 1964, he received the annual silver Bancroft Medal.
On stage, Ronald Pickup played Octavius in “Julius Caesar” in 1964 at the Royal Court Theater in London. Additionally, he worked with Laurence Olivier on multiple plays and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1998 for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his role in “Amy’s View.”
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