Ronald Pickup, ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ star, dead at 80

Ronald Pickup, a UK actor finest identified for his roles in “The Crown” and “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” died Wednesday. He was 80.

Pickup’s agent informed the BBC that the thespian “handed away peacefully yesterday after a protracted sickness surrounded by his spouse and household. He can be deeply missed.”

The Chester native’s huge break occurred in 1964 when he performed an unnamed doctor in “Doctor 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 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel(2012),” alongside dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. He reprised the position 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 massive display. The Shakespearean dramatist educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he later grew to become an affiliate member, and labored with Laurence Olivierat the National 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.



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