Ronald Pickup stars in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," opposite Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, as Norman Cousins.

Ronald Pickup was born in Chester, England, in 1940. He attended the King's School, followed by Leeds University and then spent two years in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first professional job after graduating from RADA was a small part in the television series "Dr. Who." His stage debut was at Leicester Rep in 1964.

Pickup's first London appearance was on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre in a production of "Julius Caesar," directed by Lindsay Anderson.

There soon followed a series of productions at the Royal Court (1964-66) under the artistic directorship of William Gaskill, including "Shelley," "Saved" and Sergeant Musgrave's Dance."

There followed seven years at the National Theatre (1966-73) under Sir Laurence Olivier, appearing in "Juno and the Paycock," "Love for Love," "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Three Sisters," Peter Brook's production "Oedipus," the all-male production "As You Like It," John Lennon's "In His Own Write," "Love's Labour's Lost," Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "Mrs. Warren's Profession," "Measure for Measure," "Danton's Death," "Long Day's Journey into Night," "Richard ll," "The School for Scandal," "Macbeth" and Trevor Griffith's "The Party." He then returned in 1977 to appear in "The Madras House."

Other theater credits include "The Norman Conquests" (Globe Theatre), "Hobson's Choice" (Lyric Hammersmith), "Uncle Vanya" (Haymarket Theatre), "The Cherry Orchard" (Aldwych Theatre), "Amy's View" (National Theatre, Aldwych Theatre and Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York; Olivier nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role), "Proof" (Donmar Warehouse) and "Waiting for Godot" (Theatre Royal, Haymarket).

Film credits include "The Day of the Jackal," "Mahler," "The Three Sisters," "The Thirty Nine Steps," "Njinsky," "Einstien," "Wagner," "Eleni," "Greyfriars Bobby," "My Friend Walter," "Danny and the Champion of the World," "The Mission," "A Dry White Season" and "Prince of Persia."

Television appearances include "Orwell on Jura" (BAFTA nomination for Best Actor), "Jennie," "The Fight Against Slavery," "The Life of Verdi," "Fortunes of War," "The Nightmare Years," "Long Day's Journey into Night," "The Letter," "Henry IV," "Waters of the Moon," "Absolute Hell," "Not With a Bang," "The Riff-Raff Element," "Featherboy," "The Worst Week of My Life" and the BBC production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," for which he was the voice of Aslan the Lion.

Amongst Pickup's numerous radio credits are Wordsworth's "Prelude," Byron's "Don Juan," "Reynard the Fox," "A Winter's Tale," "Hamlet" and "The Awful Insulation of Rage" (Sony, Best Actor).


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Age: 77 years old
Birthday: June 7, 1940
Full Name / Real Name: Ronald Alfred Pickup
Birthplace: Chester, England, UK
Wife: Lans Traverse (8/9/1964, 2 children)

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