Pickup, Ronald 1940-
Pickup, Ronald 1940-
Full name, Ronald Alfred Pickup; born June 7, 1940, in Chester, England; son of Eric (a lecturer) and Daisy (maiden name, Williams) Pickup; married Lans Traverse (an actress; some sources cite name as Lans Talbot), August 9, 1964; children: Simon, Rachel (an actress). Education: University of Leeds, B.A., English, 1962; trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, 1962-64. Avocational Interests: Listening to music, reading, walking.
Actor. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, associate member. Associated with the Global Cooperative for a Better World.
British Actors' Equity Association, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Screen Actors Guild.
Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1984, for Crystal Spirit: Orwell on Jura and Waters of the Moon; Sony Radio Award, best actor, 1987, for The Appalling Isolation of Rage; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best performance in a supporting role, Society of West End Theatre, 1998, for Amy's View.
Octavius, Julius Caesar, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1964.
Sir John Friendly, Virtue in Danger, Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, England, 1964.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (title role), Shelley, Royal Court Theatre, 1965.
Pete, Saved, Royal Court Theatre, 1965.
Private Hurst, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Royal Court Theatre, 1965.
Jeremy, Love for Love, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1966.
Johnny Boyle, Juno and the Paycock, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1966.
Simon, Transcending, Royal Court Theatre, 1966.
Sir Oliver Kix, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Royal Court Theatre, 1966.
Fedotik, Three Sisters, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1967.
Rosalind, As You Like It (all male production), National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1967.
Don Armado, Love's Labour's Lost, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1968.
Me, In His Own Write, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1968.
Messenger, Oedipus, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1968.
Aimwell, The Beaux' Stratagem, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1969.
Baron Tusenbach, Three Sisters, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1969.
Haslam (Part I) and Pygmalion (Part II), Back to Methuselah, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1969.
Joaquin and various roles, Guevara, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1969.
Frank Gardner, Mrs. Warren's Profession, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1970.
Guildenstern, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1970.
Ippolit, The Idiot, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1970.
Title role, Oedipus, National Theatre Company, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1970.
Angelo, Measure for Measure, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1971.
Dr. Jellinek, Field marshal, and Rosencrantz, The Captain of Kopenick, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1971.
Edmund, Long Day's Journey into Night, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1971.
St. Just, Danton's Death, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1971.
Joseph Surface, The School for Scandal, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1972.
Malcolm, Macbeth, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1972.
Title role, Richard II, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1972.
Joe Shawcross, The Party, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1973.
Norman, The Norman Conquests, Globe Theatre, London, 1975.
Man, Play, Royal Court Theatre, 1976.
Caius Cassius, Julius Caesar, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1977.
Philip Madras, The Madras House, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, 1977.
Hobson's Choice, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, London, 1981.
Uncle Vanya, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 1982.
Little Eyolf, Lyric Theatre, London, 1985.
The Cherry Orchard, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1989.
The button maker, Peer Gynt, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 2001.
Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 2001.
Robert (the father), Proof, Donmar Warehouse, London, 2002.
Appeared in other productions, including All in Good Time; and in Julius Caesar, Leicester Repertory. Performed an excerpt from Watt in a tribute to Samuel Beckett.
Baron Tusenbach, Three Sisters (also known as Kolme sisarta and Tres hermanas), British Lion, 1970, American Film Theatre, 1974.
The forger, The Day of the Jackal (also known as Chacal, Dani sakala, Der Schakal, Dzien szakala, El dia del chacal, Il giorno dello sciacallo, O dia do chacal, Schakalen, Shakaali, and Sjakalen), Universal, 1973.
Nick, Mahler, New Line Cinema, 1973.
Mr. Wilson, Joseph Andrews (also known as Die Abenteuer des Joseph Andrews, Inocente sedutor, and Las aventuras de Joseph Andrews), United Artists, 1977.
Bayliss, The Thirty Nine Steps (also known as The 39 Steps), International Picture Show, 1978.
Lieutenant Harford, Zulu Dawn (also known as Zulu, Amanecer Zulu, Batalia de la Isandlwana, Die Letzte Offensive, Jutrzenka Zulusow, L'ultime attaque, Striden i gryningen, Taistelu aamunkoitteessa, and Veriloeyly aamunkoitteessa), Warner Bros., 1979.
Igor Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Paramount, 1980.
Elliot, Never Say Never Again (also known as James Bond of the Secret Service, James Bond, Secret Agent, Warhead, Aelae kieltaeydy kahdesti, Agente 007, mai dire mai, Jamais plus jamais, James Bond 007—Sag niemals nie, Mai dire mai, Neka aldrig tvaa gaanger, Nigdy nie mow nigdy, Nunca digas nunca, Nunca digas nunca jamas, and 007—Nunca mais outra vez), Warner Bros., 1983.
Spiro Skevis, Eleni, Warner Bros., 1985.
Hontar, The Mission (also known as Mission, A missao, A misszio, La mision, La mission, Linnake, and Misja), Warner Bros., 1986.
Dr. Wynne-Evans, The Fourth Protocol (also known as Cetvrti protokol, Czwarty protokol, Das vierte protokoll, Den fjerde protokol, Det fjaerde protokollet, El cuarto protocolo, El quarte protocol, Il quarto protocollo, Le quatrieme protocole, Neljaes sopimus, and O 4 protocolo), Lorimar, 1987.
Marshall Tukhachevsky, Testimony (also known as Testimony: The Story of Shostakovich and Die Zeugenaussage), Isolde Films, 1987.
Louw, A Dry White Season (also known as Assassino sob custodia, En torr vit aarstid, Forrongo evszak, Sucha biala poro, Un'arida stagione bianca, Una arida estacion blanca, Une saison blanche et seche, Valkoinen kuiva kausi, and Weisse Zeit der Duerre), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989.
Alan Coleman, Bethune: The Making of a Hero (also known as Dr. Bethune and Bethune, l'etoffe d'un heros), 1990, Tara Releasing, 1993.
Captain Crawford, Kabuto (also known as Journey of Honor, Shogun Warrior, and Shogun Mayeda), Rocket Pictures, 1991.
Leonard Gray, Gray Clay Dolls, Wot Productions, 1991.
Percy Stone, Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis, BBC Films, c. 1997.
Young Humbert's father, Lolita (also known as Lolita, de Adrian Lyne), Pathe, 1997, Samuel Goldwyn, 1998.
Dr. Maclaren, Breathtaking, IAC Film, 2000.
Da Monte, Secret Passage (also known as Secret Passions, D'or et de sang, Passage secret, and Passages secrets), Zephyr Films, c. 2002.
Aron Richter, Evilenko (also known as The Monster of Rostov), Pacific Pictures, 2004.
Monsieur Moitessier, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea, Kassander Film Company, 2004.
Cecil Johnson, Greyfriars Bobby (also known as The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby), Storm Entertainment, 2005.
William Mcdowell, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Bauer Martinez Studios, 2007.
Tobias, Dark Floors (also known as Red Chalk and Punainen liitu), Solar Films, 2008.
Some sources cite appearances in other films.
Television Appearances; Series:
Jack Howard, The Dragon's Opponent, BBC, 1973.
Lord Randolph Churchill, Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill, Thames Television, 1974, also broadcast on PBS.
William Pitt, The Fight against Slavery, BBC, 1975.
Andrew Maiby, Tropic, Associated Television, 1979.
Frank Gladwyn, Moving, Thames Television, 1985.
Prince Yakimov, Fortunes of War, BBC, 1987, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1988.
Voice of Aslan, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (also known as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), BBC, 1988, PBS, 1989.
Voice of Aslan, Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (also known as Chronicles of Narnia: "Prince Caspian" and Chronicles of Narnia: "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"), BBC, 1989, PBS, 1990.
Brian Appleyard, Not with a Bang, London Weekend Television, 1990.
Voice of Aslan, The Silver Chair (also known as Chronicles of Narnia: "The Silver Chair"), BBC and PBS, 1990.
Roger Tundish, The Riff Raff Element, BBC, 1993-94.
Duke of Battersea, Blackhearts in Battersea, BBC, c. 1995.
Narrator, The Spirit of England, [Great Britain], beginning 1995, later released on video as England's Historic Treasures, Tadpole Lane Productions, c. 1997.
Fitzurse, Ivanhoe (also known as Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe"), BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1997.
Lord Charles Byrne, Holby City (also known as Holby), BBC, beginning 2002.
Ernest Sorrel, Feather Boy (also known as Featherboy), BBC, 2004.
Fraser, The Worst Week of My Life (also known as A panik hete and Vaevypoika oon), BBC and BBC America, 2004-2006.
Television Appearances; Miniseries:
Presenter, "The Ghost of Thomas Kempe" (five parts; includes "Part 1 The First Message," "Part 2 Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Part 3 Begone!," "Part 4 Widdow Veritie Is a Wytche," and "Part 5 A Ghost Is Laid"), Jackanory, BBC, 1977.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Wagner, multiple networks, 1983, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1983.
Albert Einstein, Hello Einstein! (also known as Einstein and Vita di Einstein), Antenne 2 (France) and Italian television, 1985.
Edward Carson, Oscar (also known as Forbidden Passion: Oscar Wilde, the Movie), BBC, 1986.
Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl, The Nightmare Years, TNT, 1989.
Mark Mayor, Behaving Badly, Channel 4 (England), 1989.
Andrew Powell, A Time to Dance (also known as Kielletty rakkaus), BBC, c. 1991.
Archdeacon Daniel Byrne, The Rector's Wife, Channel 4, c. 1993, broadcast on broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1994.
Whitlock, Scarlett (also known as E o vento levou 2), CBS, 1994.
Narrator, The Churchills, PBS, 1996.
Older Jacob, In the Beginning (also known as Am Anfang, Au commencement, En el comienzo, No inicio, and Stin arhi tou hronou), NBC, 2000.
Colonel Winter, Cambridge Spies (also known as Espias de Cambridge and Vakoojat), BBC, 2003.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Philip, The Philanthropist, BBC, 1975.
Howard Joyce, The Letter, ABC, 1982.
Prince John, Ivanhoe, CBS, 1982.
Jan Tyranowski, Pope John Paul II (also known as The Pope), CBS, 1984.
Jean, Camille, CBS, 1984.
George Orwell, Crystal Spirit: Orwell on Jura (also known as Orwell and Orwell on Jura), c. 1984.
Captain Lancaster, Danny, the Champion of the World, Disney Channel, 1989.
Jeffrey Utterson, Jekyll and Hyde, ABC, 1990.
Diodotus, The War That Never Ends, 1991.
Felix D'Arcy, A Murder of Quality (also known as John Le Carre's "A Murder of Quality"), Thames Television, 1991, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, and also broadcast on Arts and Entertainment.
Siegfried Shrager, Absolute Hell, broadcast on Performance, BBC, 1991, also broadcast on PBS, 1991.
Jocelyn Fry, Milner, BBC, 1994.
Morris, "In the Cold Light of Day," Screen Two, BBC, 1994.
Brian Silcott, "A Very Open Prison," Screen Two, BBC, 1995.
Der Blinde, Kabel 1 and RTL (both Germany), 1996.
Robert Kennings, The Untitled (short; also known as Death), 1998.
Don Massaredo, Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (also known as Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil), Independent Television (England) and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.
Dr. Malcolm Handey, Supernova, The Hallmark Channel, 2005.
Professor Sir Roy Meadow, Cherished, BBC, 2005.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Don Juan, Much Ado about Nothing, BBC, 1967.
Mercutio, "Romeo and Juliet," Play of the Month, BBC, 1967.
Ariel, "The Tempest," Play of the Month, BBC, 1968.
Brother Martin Ladvenu, "St. Joan," Play of the Month, BBC, 1968.
Edmund Tyrone, Long Day's Journey into Night, ABC, 1973.
Reverend William Mompesson, The Roses of Eyam, 1973.
Richard Massingham, "All Good Men," Play for Today, BBC, 1974.
Edgar, "King Lear," Play of the Month, BBC, 1975.
2nd House: Wife for Life (also known as 2nd House 2nd Run), BBC, 1976.
Graham, "The Proofing Session," ITV Playhouse, Independent Television (England), 1977.
… but the clouds … [and] Ghost Trio (short plays), broadcast as part of "Shades: 3 Plays by Samuel Beckett," The Lively Arts (also known as The Lively Arts: Shades: 3 Plays by Samuel Beckett), BBC, 1977.
"For Tea on Sunday," Play of the Week, BBC, 1978.
Memories, [Great Britain], 1978.
Cranmer (archbishop of Canterbury), "Henry VIII," BBC Television Shakespeare (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: "Henry VIII," The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: "Henry VIII"), BBC-2, 1979, broadcast on The Shakespeare Plays, PBS, 1979.
Narrator, St. Francis of Assisi, BBC, 1982.
Dr. Julius Winterhalter, Waters of the Moon, BBC, 1983, then Arts and Entertainment, 1986.
"For Business Reasons," Sharing Time, BBC, 1986.
Konstantin Stanislavski, "Chekhov in Yalta," ITV Playhouse, Independent Television, 1988.
Sir Lucius O'Trigger, The Rivals, broadcast on Theatre Night, BBC, 1988, also broadcast on Arts and Entertainment, 1989.
Montezuma, The Golden Years, [Great Britain], 1992.
Narrator, "Guardians of the Ayatollah" (also known as "Iran: Guardians of the Ayatollah"), Assignment Special, BBC, 1996.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Physician, "The Tyrant of France" (also known as "The Reign of Terror The Tyrant of France"), Doctor Who, BBC, 1964.
Reader, "The Tinsel November," Jackanory, BBC, 1973.
Kalon, "The Eye of Apollo," Father Brown, Associated Television, 1974.
Narrator, "The Friendly Invasion from Jazz to Swing," Omnibus, BBC, 1975.
Rory Balneath, "Emily," Romance, [Great Britain], 1977.
"V. S. Naipaul," The Book Programme, BBC, 1979.
"Windhover," Omnibus, BBC, 1980.
James Tripp, "Ladies' Night," Unnatural Causes, Central Independent Television, 1986.
Sir Alec Moore, "Billionaire," Matlock, NBC, 1986.
"Beckett at 83," Bookmark, BBC, 1986.
Barrymore, "The Hound of the Baskervilles," The Return of Sherlock Holmes (also known as The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series II, Die Wiederkehr von Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock Holmesin paluu), Granada Television, c. 1986, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1988.
Sir Antony Villiers, "Burnt," Bergerac, BBC, 1988.
Edmund Burke, "Reason and Intellect," A Gift of the Gab, BBC, 1989.
Himself, "Laurence Olivier 1907-1989: A Tribute," Omnibus, BBC, 1989.
Lawrence Drake, "The Tender Trap," Boon, Central Television, 1990.
Ian Matthews, "Who Killed Harry Field?," Inspector Morse (also known as Inspector Morse, Series VII), Central Television, 1991.
Jack, "Nothing Is Forever," El C.I.D., Independent Television (England), 1992.
Reader, "The Collectors," The Royal Collection, [Great Britain], 1992.
Reader, "The Kingdom of Nature," The Royal Collection, [Great Britain], 1992.
Reader, "Private View," The Royal Collection, [Great Britain], 1992.
Sir Walter Raleigh, "My Friend Walter," WonderWorks, PBS, 1992.
Edwin Felt, "God Helps Those," Lovejoy, BBC, 1993.
Professor Douglas Beaumont, "All in the Mind," Medics, Granada Television, 1994.
Professor Douglas Beaumont, "Changing Faces," Medics, Granada Television, 1994.
Richard Browning, "Message for Posterity," Performance (also known as Performance: Message for Posterity), BBC-2, 1994.
Narrator, "A Taste of Honey," Survival, Anglia Television, 1995.
Sir Philip Oglivy, "Dying Day," Capital Lives, Carlton Television, 1995.
Dr. Richard Owen, "Long Days, Short Nights: Part 1," Silent Witness, BBC, 1996.
Narrator, "Samuel Beckett as the Story Was Told" (also known as "Samuel Beckett—As the Story Was Told"), Bookmark, BBC and Irish television, 1996.
Lester Rose, "A Rose by Any Other Name," Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (also known as Hetty Wainthropp Investigates II, Hetty ratkaisee, and Les enquetes d'Hetty), BBC, 1997, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 1997.
Martin and Reg Freeborn, "Tall Tales," Casualty, BBC, 1997.
Gordon Riordan, "On the Road," The Bill, Independent Television, 1999.
Walter Wulfstan, "On Beulah Height," Dalziel and Pascoe (also known as Dalziel and Pascoe: On Beulah Height), BBC, 1999.
Sir John Starr, "The White Knight Stratagem," Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (also known as Murder Rooms and Murder Rooms:The White Knight Stratagem), BBC, 2001, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 2002.
Charles Sutton, "Deathwatch," Waking the Dead, BBC, 2002.
Sir Stuart Stinhurst, "Payment in Blood," The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, BBC, 2002, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 2002.
Rupert Smythe-Webster, "A Tale of Two Hamlets," Midsomer Murders, Independent Television, BBC, and Arts and Entertainment, 2003.
Professor Quentin Tapscott, "Benefit to Mankind," The Last Detective, Independent Television, 2004.
Sir Giles Messinger, "The French Drop," Foyle's War (also known as Foylen sota, Kriminalsjef Foyle, and O polemos tou Foyle), Independent Television, 2004, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 2004.
Harry Holmes, "Gold Mine," Hustle (also known as Hu$tle), BBC, 2005.
Alex Galt, "The Newsroom," Sea of Souls, BBC, 2006.
The Appalling Isolation of Rage, BBC, c. 1987.
Also appeared in several other productions, including Middlemarch, BBC.
Videos; as Narrator:
Just So Stories: The Beginning of the Armadillo, Marble Arch Films, 1983.
Just So Stories: The Cat Who Walked by Himself (also known as The Cat That Walked by Himself), Marble Arch Films, 1983.
Just So Stories: The Elephant's Child, Marble Arch Films, 1983.
Just So Stories: How the Leopard Got His Spots, Marble Arch Films, 1983.
Just So Stories: How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, Marble Arch Films, 1983.
George Eliot, BBC Radio Presents: Middlemarch (also known as Middlemarch), BBC Audiobooks, c. 1995.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Audio Partners, 1998.
Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Highbridge Classics, 1998.
Author of an essay on Julius Caesar, published in a book about the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) series of Shakespeare's plays.
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