Ronald Pickup



Place of birth:

Chester, England, UK:


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.

Film Credits

Darkest Hour (2017)
as Neville Chamberlain
Stealing Silver (2017)
as Udo
The Time of Their Lives (2017)
as Frank
Die Habenichtse (2016)
as Bentham
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
as Norman Cousins
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
as Norman Cousins
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
as King Sharaman
Dark Floors (2008)
as Tobias
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)
as William McDowell
Greyfriars Bobby (2005)
as Cecil Johnson
A Life in Suitcases (2005)
as Monsieur Moitessier
Cherished (2005)
as Professor Sir Roy Meadow
Evilenko (2004)
as Aron Richter
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea (2004)
as Monsieur Moitessier
Secret Passage (2004)
as Da Monte
Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999)
as Don Massaredo
Lolita (1997)
as Young Humbert's Father
Ivanhoe (1997)
as Waldemar Fitzurse
Der Blinde (1996)
as Dr. Bartnik
A Very Open Prison (1995)
as Brian Silcott
Henry IV (1995)
as Henry IV
Milner (1994)
as Jocelyn Fry
Message for Posterity (1994)
as Richard Browning
The Golden Years (1992)
Absolute Hell (1991)
A Murder of Quality (1991)
as Felix D'Arcy
Jekyll & Hyde (1990)
as Jeffrey Utterson, Esquire
Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (1989)
as Captain Lancaster
A Dry White Season (1989)
as Louw
Testimony (1988)
as Marshall Tukhachevsky
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
as Wynne-Evans
The Mission (1986)
as Hontar
Eleni (1985)
as Spiro
Pope John Paul II (1985)
as Jan Tyranowski
Camille (1984)
as Jean
Never Say Never Again (1983)
as Elliott
The Letter (1982)
as Howard Joyce
Ivanhoe (1982)
as Prince John
Verdi (1982)
as Giuseppe Verdi
Nijinsky (1980)
as Igor Stravinsky
Zulu Dawn (1979)
as Lt. Harford
The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)
as Bayliss
...but the clouds... (1977)
The Philanthropist (1975)
Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974)
as Lord Randolph Churchill
Mahler (1974)
as Nick
All Good Men (1974)
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
as The Forger
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1973)
as Edmund Tyrone
Much Ado About Nothing (1967)
as Don Pedro