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Marigold, Crown star dies

Veteran British stage and screen actor Ronald Pickup has died, aged 80.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Crown star passed away after suffering a long illness on Wednesday.

Pickup played the Archbishop of Canterbury in The Crown in 2016, Norman Cousins in the Marigold Hotel films, and he portrayed Neville Chamberlain in 2017 film Darkest Hour.

Born in Chester, England, his acting career began with a role in a Doctor Who episode in the mid-1960s.

The actor's film credits included The Mission and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He also portrayed author George Orwell in the TV movie Crystal Spirit: Orwell On Jura.

He completed what were his final films, Schadenfreude and End of Term, before his death.

Pickup was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theater Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance in Amy's View.



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