BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD MORGUE
Dependable film and TV actor Ronald Pickup has unfortunately died of cancer aged 81. Pickup’s career lasted 60 years, from a very early career launching role in Doctor Who, to appearances in The Crown as the Archbishop of Canterbury. The same Archbishop of Canterbury who coronated Queen Elizabeth II and, in his earlier career as headmaster of Repton, beat the shit out of Roald Dahl! Proving we can link anything in these things, Pickup also played sadistic teacher Captain Lancaster in Danny, Champion of the World – a character not so loosely based on Dahl’s former teacher who became Archbishop! Pickup was often called on to play historical figures, playing Verdi, Nietzsche, Einstein and Neville Chamberlain in various productions. He was also an acclaimed stage actor, most notably opposite Laurence Olivier in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot. Despite his acclaim within the industry, he remained famous for his kindness to fans and fellow actors alike. Ronald was a pickup for the Ronnies theme team and is a sad loss to British acting.
7 June 1940 – 24 February 2021