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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 Long Day's Journey Into Night 1973-03-10
Latest Project:
movie Darkest Hour 2017-11-22
Known For
Movie The Time of Their Lives Frank 2017-03-10
Movie Darkest Hour Neville Chamberlain 2017-11-22
Movie The Have-Nots Bentham 2016-06-25
Movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Norman Cousins 2015-02-26
Series Pramface Unknown 2012-02-23
Movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Norman Cousins 2011-11-28
Series Okamikakushi - Masque of the Wolf Aron Richter 2010-01-07
Series The Justin Lee Collins Show Lt. Harford 2009-03-19
Series Lark Rise to Candleford Unknown 2008-01-13
Movie Dark Floors Tobias 2008-02-06
Movie The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey William McDowell 2007-07-09
Movie Cherished Professor Sir Roy Meadow 2005-02-22
Movie The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby Cecil Johnson 2005-10-29
Movie Our Time Is Up Orpheus 2004-01-01
Movie Secret Passage Da Monte 2004-01-01
Series Gankutsuou King Sharaman 2004-10-06
Series Sea of Souls Unknown 2004-02-02
Movie The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea Monsieur Moitessier 2004-02-09
Series The Worst Week of My Life 2004-03-12
Series Hustle Unknown 2004-02-24
Series The Jury Jeffrey Livingstone 2002-02-17
Series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Unknown 2002-04-08
Series Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes Unknown 2000-01-04
Series Waking the Dead Unknown 2000-09-04
Movie Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil Don Massaredo 1999-02-24
Movie Ivanhoe Waldemar Fitzurse 1997-01-12
Series Ivanhoe Waldemar Fitzurse 1997-01-12
Movie Der Blinde Dr. Bartnik 1996-03-05
Movie Henry IV Henry IV 1995-10-27
Series The Rector's Wife Daniel Byrne 1994-03-04
Movie Milner Jocelyn Fry 1994-12-19
Movie A Murder of Quality Felix D'Arcy 1991-10-04
Movie Absolute Hell 1991-10-04
Series Not with a Bang 1990-03-25
Movie A Dry White Season Louw 1989-01-01
Movie Danny the Champion of the World Captain Lancaster 1989-04-29
Movie Pope John Paul II Jan Tyranowski 1985-05-16
Movie Wagner Nietzsche 1983-04-17
Movie Never Say Never Again Elliott 1983-10-07
Movie Verdi Giuseppe Verdi 1982-01-01
Movie Nijinsky Igor Stravinsky 1980-03-20
Series Vega$ Young Humbert's Father 1978-04-25
Movie Mahler Nick 1974-04-04
Movie Long Day's Journey Into Night Edmund Tyrone 1973-03-10
Movie The Day of the Jackal The Forger 1973-05-15