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Ronald Pickup Biography
Actor Ronald Pickup, best known for his roles in the films Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the television drama Orwell On Jura, has died at the age of 80.
His agent confirmed: ‘The 80-year-old Ronald Pickup actor passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and his family.
‘He will be deeply missed.’
Ronald is survived by his wife Lans Traverse, whom he married in 1964, and his daughter Rachel Pickup, an actress and his son Simon Pickup.
The esteemed star trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he met his wife and became an associate member of the prestigious drama school.
Actor Ronald Pickup, best known for his roles in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films and TV drama Orwell On Jura, has died at the age of 80
The actor then joined the Olivier National Theater Company at the Old Vic and became known for his work on stage before going on to enjoy an illustrious career in television and film.
Ronald began his television career in 1964 with his first major appearance on Doctor Who, where he played a doctor in part 4 of The Reign of Terror.
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After his first appearance, he went on to star in Hornblower, Coronation Street, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Doc Martin, Waking The Dead, Silent Witness, Sherlock Holmes, The Bill, Inspector Morse, and The Riff Raff Element.
He is best known for his role in the British-Indian comedies, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2011 and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2015, where he starred alongside Celia Imrie, Judi Dench, and Diana Hardcastle.
He is survived by his wife Lans Traverse, who he wed in 1964, after meeting while he studied at RADA
He played the role of Norman Cousins, an elderly lothaire, in the film which centers on a group of British retirees who move to a retirement hotel in India, which is run by the very eager Sonny, played by Dev Patel.
In 2012, he spoke about what attracted him to the role of Norman, saying: ‘What attracted me to the character was the fact that he is not good at what he would like to be and what it is to be this parlor lizard and be successful with the women…
“ He tries these horrible talking lines and things that he thinks are somehow attractive, but he’s really bad at it.
“He tries too hard and that gives him a vulnerability that I find attractive and there is something a little desperate.”
Leading Role: The star trained at RADA before joining Olivier’s National Theater Company at the Old Vic and was well known for his work on stage (pictured at the National Theater in 1967) +7
Leading Role: The star trained at RADA before joining Olivier’s National Theater Company at the Old Vic and was well known for his work on stage (pictured at the National Theater in 1967).
His film career also included his role as Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 2017’s The Darkest Hour and as a government official in 1983’s Never Say Never Again.
He starred in two productions with his daughter Rachel: the Midsomer Murders episode The Magician’s Nephew in 2008 and Schadenfreude in 2016.
Ronald had the great honor of working with Laurence Olivier at the Royal National Theater, on Three Sisters and Long Day’s Journey into Night.
In 1998, he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Theater Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance in Amy’s View.
In 2014, Pickup had a cameo on Coronation Street, playing an OAP attending a birthday party at Rovers Return with Michelle Connor, played by Kym Marsh.
Ronald began his TV career in 1964 with his first big appearance in Doctor Who, where he played a physician in part 4 of The Reign of Terror
In 2016, he played the role of Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in four episodes of the Netflix series The Crown.
The following year, in 2017, Pickup played Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the Oscar-winning WWII film Darkest Hour.
Most recently, the actor starred in the horror film End Of Term last year, starring former Doctor Who actor Peter Davison.
In 2006, Ronald spoke to Rogues & Vagabonds about where his onstage abilities came from and whether he was born to play the role: ‘My mother was always’ theatrical’ She was a wonderful impersonator. She loved the theater …
“In Chester, where I was born, she grew up in a house next door to the old Royalty Theater, a beautiful Victorian gem, now sadly torn down. She loved him. But she was too terrified to act professionally. ”
Hello everyone! Ronald pictured with director John Madden and Dame Judi Dench at the Royal Film Performance and World Premiere of Marigold’s Second Best Exotic Hotel in 2015 +7
Hello everyone! Ronald pictured with director John Madden and Dame Judi Dench at the Royal Film Performance and World Premiere of Marigold’s Second Best Exotic Hotel in 2015
When asked if he surprised his parents with her wishes on stage, he continued: ‘I don’t think my mother was [surprised].
She sensed it because she had interested me since I was 8 years old. They took me to see Hamlet with Olivier …
‘He was absolutely captivated. My father was more cautious. He was a French and English teacher / lecturer at a teacher training school …
“I think he was concerned, like that generation, of having ‘something to lean on.’ But overall, they were very supportive.”