Ronald Pickup, a UK actor greatest identified for his roles in “The Crown” and “Greatest Unique Marigold Resort,” died Wednesday. He was 80.
Pickup’s agent advised the BBC that the thespian “handed away peacefully yesterday after a protracted sickness surrounded by his spouse and household. He will likely be deeply missed.”
The Chester native’s large break occurred in 1964 when he performed an unnamed doctor in “Physician Who” episode “The Tyrant Of France.”
From there, Pickup went on to look in a smorgasbord of movies, together with “The Day of the Jackal” (1973), the Bond flick “Never Say Never Again” (1982), and “The Mission” (1986). The Sony Award winner most notably performed Neville Chamberlain in Winston Churchill biopic “Darkest Hour (2017)” and bachelor Norman Cousins in “The Greatest Unique Marigold Resort (2012),” alongside dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. He reprised the function for the 2015 sequel.
On TV, Pickup memorably portrayed George Orwell in “Orwell On Jura” — his favourite half — and Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher within the acclaimed Netflix drama “The Crown.”
Pickup’s performances weren’t relegated to the large display. The Shakespearean dramatist educated on the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork (RADA), of which he later grew to become an affiliate member, and labored with Laurence Olivier on the Nationwide Theatre for seven years.
Pickup is survived by his wife Lans Traverse, whom he first met at RADA, in addition to his daughter, Rachel, and son, Simon.