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Ronald Pickup

Pickup was born in Chester, England, the son of Daisy (née Williams) and Eric Pickup, who was a lecturer.[1] Pickup was educated at The King's School, Chester, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, and became an Associate Member of RADA. His television work began with an episode during the second series of Doctor Who in 1964, for which he was paid £30. Pickup worked with Laurence Olivier at the Royal National Theatre, most notably in Three Sisters and Long Day's Journey Into Night. In 1973, he starred in the BBC drama series The Dragon's Opponent, playing a World War II bomb disposal expert and also appeared in The Day of the Jackal. He played Lt. Harford in Zulu Dawn in 1979, portrayed Igor Stravinsky in Nijinsky in 1980, Prince John in Ivanhoe in 1982, and in 1983 he appeared opposite Penelope Keith in Moving, in 1988 in the BBC miniseries The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1988 TV Serial) as the voice of Aslan, and in 1990 he starred in the short lived sit-com, Not with a Bang. More modern roles have included parts in Hornblower, Hustle, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Silent Witness, Sherlock Holmes, and Inspector Morse. He is also a regular character in the BBC sitcom The Worst Week of My Life. His most recent appearance was in Holby City as Lord Charles Byrne. Pickup gave a highly acclaimed performance as a decayed Russian aristocrat in the BBC series Fortunes of War, based on a work by Olivia Manning. He also provided the voice for Aslan in the BBC's adaptation of the Chronicles of Narnia and starred opposite Judi Dench in the 1989 Channel 4 serial Behaving Badly. He is also an accomplished stage actor. He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role of 1997 for his performance in Amy's View. Pickup had the starring role as composer Giuseppe Verdi in the acclaimed The Life of Verdi, written and directed by Renato Castellani. In 2005, he had a supporting role in the family-based film, The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby. Between March and August 2009, he starred as Lucky in Sean Mathias' production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett opposite Sir Ian McKellen (Estragon), Patrick Stewart (Vladimir) and also Simon Callow (Pozzo). The tour opened in Malvern before travelling to Milton Keynes, Brighton, Bath, Norwich, Edinburgh and Newcastle; its run at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket was extended due to demand. In February 2010 he also appeared as 'Pegleg' in the BBC's period drama Lark Rise to Candleford. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ronald Pickup, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 7, 1940 In Chester, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror 1964-09-12
Latest Project:
Movie The Happy Prince 2018-04-12
Known For
Movie The Happy Prince Judge 2018-04-12
Movie Darkest Hour Neville Chamberlain 2017-11-22
Movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Norman Cousins 2015-02-26
Movie Parade's End 2012-08-24
Movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Norman Cousins 2011-11-28
Movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time King Sharaman 2010-05-19
Movie Dark Floors Tobias 2008-02-06
Movie A Life in Suitcases Monsieur Moitessier 2005-10-20
Movie The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby Cecil Johnson 2005-10-29
Movie Secret Passage Da Monte 2004-01-01
Movie The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea Monsieur Moitessier 2004-02-09
Movie Evilenko Aron Richter 2004-04-16
Movie Breathtaking Dr. Maclaren 2000-12-16
Series Ivanhoe Waldemar Fitzurse 1997-01-12
Movie Der Blinde Dr. Bartnik 1996-03-05
Movie Henry IV Henry IV 1995-10-27
Series A Time to Dance Andrew Powell 1992-01-12
Movie My Friend Walter Sir Walter Raleigh 1992-04-24
Movie Journey of Honor Capt. Crawford 1991-04-27
Movie Jekyll & Hyde Jeffrey Utterson, Esquire 1990-01-06
Series Not with a Bang Brian Appleyard 1990-03-25
Movie A Dry White Season Louw 1989-01-01
Movie Testimony Marshall Tukhachevsky 1988-11-01
Movie The Hound of the Baskervilles Barrymore 1988-08-31
Movie The Fourth Protocol Wynne-Evans 1987-02-24
Series Fortunes of War 1987-10-11
Movie The Mission Hontar 1986-09-29
Movie Ladies' Night James Tripp 1986-12-06
Movie Pope John Paul II Jan Tyranowski 1985-05-16
Movie Eleni Spiro 1985-11-01
Movie Never Say Never Again Elliott 1983-10-07
Movie The Crystal Spirit: Orwell on Jura George Orwell 1983-12-12
Movie Verdi Giuseppe Verdi 1982-01-01
Movie Ivanhoe Prince John 1982-02-23
Movie Zulu Dawn Lt. Harford 1979-05-14
Movie Henry VIII Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury 1979-02-25
Movie The Thirty Nine Steps Bayliss 1978-11-04
Movie All Good Men 1974-01-31
Movie Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill Lord Randolph Churchill 1974-11-05
Movie Long Day's Journey Into Night Edmund Tyrone 1973-03-10
Movie The Day of the Jackal The Forger 1973-05-15
Movie Three Sisters Baron Tusenbach 1970-04-01
Movie Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro 1967-01-01
Movie Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror Physician 1964-09-12