Ronald Pickup, The Crown and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star, dead at 80

Sarah Carty
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Ronald Pickup, who starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has died at the age of 80.

The actor, who also appeared in four episodes of The Crown as the Archbishop of Canterbury, passed away on Wednesday after a long illness, his agent, Jean Diamond, said in a statement.

Ronald Pickup arrives for 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' world premiere at a central London venue, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
Ronald Pickup has passed away at the age of 80. Photo: Getty Images

"Ronald Pickup actor aged 80 passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family,” his agent told PA.

"He will be deeply missed."


He began his career in 1964 on Doctor Who and went on to star in a stream of hit shows. 

The actor’s expansive career saw him appear in some of the most well-known UK programs, including Behaving Badly, The Bill, Holby City and Coronation Street.

Ronald Pickup as the Archbishop of Canterbury in The Crown
Ronald appeared in four episodes of The Crown as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Photo: Netflix

He’s most known for his role as bachelor Norman Cousins in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was released in 2011.

He reprised the role again for the sequel in 2015, called The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Ronald also starred opposite Sean Connery in 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again as a government official.

The actor's most recent credit was as Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 2017’s Darkest Hour Pickup.

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